Alert in Germany as man threatens to put poisoned goods in stores

German police urgently hunt for man suspected of poisoning baby food

German police urgently hunt for man suspected of poisoning baby food

Earlier this month retailers received an email threatening that food across Europe would be poisoned unless €11.7m ($13.8m; £10.3m) was paid.

The police in southern Germany have been looking for a man suspected of poisoning five jars of baby food in a bid to extort millions of euros from supermarkets and pharmacies, The Telegraph reported.

"We are taking the threat very seriously", Konstanz deputy chief of police Uwe Stuermer said in a news conference.

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On Saturday, the main suspect told the custodial judge that he had not poisoned any other products than the ones already known, authorities in the southern city of Konstanz said. "[But] there is no reason for panic or hysteria".

Since his arrest on Friday afternoon, prosecutors have said they are confident that the man in custody was behind the blackmail attempt.

Several jars of baby food that had been contaminated with a liquid used in anti-freeze were subsequently recovered by police. According to a report by the BBC, no injuries were reported relating to the poisoned food.

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The authorities urged the public to remain calm and to check that the products they buy have not been manipulated or opened before making purchases.

Officials didn't specify which retailers were targeted.

Officials in Konstanz, on Germany's southern border, said Thursday the blackmailer or blackmailers alerted them September 16 that five jars of baby food at shops in nearby Friedrichshafen had been manipulated.

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On Thursday, officials launched an urgent appeal and published CCTV images of the suspect - sparking hundreds of calls from the public.

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