German extortionist tampered with mouthwash

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13 January 2006, NECKARSULM, GERMANY - Lidl, the supermarket group which has branches in much of Europe, said Friday an extortionist had tampered with bottles of mouthwash on the shelves of three of its stores in the German port city of Hamburg.

13 January 2006

NECKARSULM, GERMANY - Lidl, the supermarket group which has branches in much of Europe, said Friday an extortionist had tampered with bottles of mouthwash on the shelves of three of its stores in the German port city of Hamburg.

Police in the city of Heilbronn, near the Lidl company headquarters in Neckarsulm, said they were heading a hunt for whoever placed hydrochloric acid in several bottles of "Odol" brand mouthwash at three stores in an eastern district of Hamburg.

While hydrochloric acid is found in human stomach juices, it is harmful to the skin and eyes.

Lidl has asked customers at the shops to bring back any bottles of the oral hygiene product bought on three days recently.

The demands of the blackmailer have not been disclosed. Last November, a German court jailed a man for 57 months for tampering with food in a similar attempt to force Lidl to pay him money.

Schwarz Group, owner of the Lidl and Kaufland chains, has annual sales of 40 billion euros (48 billion dollars).

DPA

Subject: German news

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