German police say supermarket food poisoner suspect has confessed

Authorities released surveillance camera stills of the suspect Thursday, prompting hundreds of tips from the public.

German police have detained the suspect for poisoning baby food.

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. "We ask for people to remain calm but also alert". They received 650 tips in response.

The unnamed man, 55, was taken into custody on Friday evening in the Tübingen area south of Stuttgart. Next to them sit the public prosecutors Alexander Boger, second right, and Karl-Josef Diehl. He did not rule tacking on charges of attempted murder, as well.

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They said an email was sent to authorities and companies threatening to poison unspecified food at branches of German retailers inside the country and beyond if they're not paid more than 10 million euros ($11.8 million) by Saturday.

The jars contained ethylene glycol, a compound used in antifreeze and brake fluid, which is toxic and fatal in large quantities.

Supermarkets in southern Germany may still have poisoned products on the shelves and the blackmailer has threatened food across Europe if his demands aren't met. He had enough to poison five more bottles.

Employees of a drugstore in Peine, about 500 kilometers (320 miles) north of Friedrichshafen in the state of Lower Saxony, said they saw a man similar to the presumed suspect. The substance is colorless, odorless and has a sweet taste, but can lead to brain damage, kidney failure and death if consumed.

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