Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

German police probe threat to poison baby food products

German police probe threat to poison baby food products

The blackmailer alerted authorities that five jars of baby food at shops near Germany's southern border had been tampered with.

Police say they've cracked the case of the supermarket extortionist who threatened to poison Germany's baby food supply if his demands were not met.

In this September 28, 2017 photo Police Vice President Uwe Stuermer, second left, of the police department in Konstanz and Ministerial Council Petra Mock, left, speak at a news conference in Konstanz, Germany.

Police are searching for a suspect who was recorded on a supermarket's security cameras.

Police said they had found some baby food spiked with ethylene glycol, a colorless, odorless liquid used in the manufacture of antifreeze, which can be deadly if consumed.

Police say their suspicions about the man have now strengthened, and they will release more information later.

The man appeared to be in his fifties, of average height, and was wearing glasses and a hat.

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The suspect has not been identified because of German privacy rules.

Authorities believe they found all of the food contaminated by the suspect.

Earlier this month, police received an emailed threat to distribute 20 types of poisoned foodstuffs into supermarkets across Germany and overseas if they did not pay a sum believed to top €10 million ($12 million).

Police added that, despite the arrest, the public should remain vigilant for signs of tampering when buying food.

If convicted, the man could face between five and 15 years in prison for extortion under threat of force.

He may also be charged with attempted homicide, which could land him in jail for life.

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