Extortionist poisons food in shops on Lake Constance, demanding millions

An unknown person poisoned food in supermarkets in the south German town of Friedrichshafen after trying to blackmail supermarkets, police said on Thursday. The tainted products included baby foods.
Police said on Thursday there was no need to panic after a "very unscrupulous" person added potentially fatal amounts of poison to five food products in grocery stores in the city of Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance in southern Germany.
The products included baby food and the perpetrator is demanding millions of euros, police confirmed.
Police make clear that poisoned products have been found in no shops outside Friedrichshafen.
Authorities have urged the public to be vigilant about signs of tampering, releasing a surveillance camera image of the suspect, a man aged around 50 wearing glasses and a white cap.
In a letter which was reportedly sent on Saturday to the police and large supermarket chains such as Aldi, Lidl, Edeka and Rewe, the person had demanded the sum of money. The letter stated that if the demand wasn't met, the blackmailer planned on adding dangerous substances to food in supermarkets and drug stores in Germany and abroad, naming certain shops in Friedrichshafen.
Thorough searches of the supermarkets were then conducted and some products containing dangerous substances were found. Police immediately removed all baby food from the shop shelves and their contents were examined.
A state consumer protection ministry official said the substance detected was ethylene glycol, used in anti-freeze products and brake fluids, which is toxic, and fatal in large quantities.
The city's local criminal department is currently investigating the case.
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