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Dramatic arrest of alleged Red Bull blackmailer

An Austrian who allegedly blackmailed Red Bull by threatening to put excrement in its energy drinks was behind bars Thursday after a sting operation straight out of the movies, police said. The 47-year-old man, who has not been named, thought he was meeting someone from Red Bull with a bag full of money late on Wednesday. Instead he was arrested by an armed police unit.

Red Bull blackmail suspect held in Austria - report

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian police have detained a man suspected of blackmailing beverage and sports marketing giant Red Bull by threatening to contaminate its drinks, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Kurier, without citing its sources, said the man had fled from an attempt by go-betweens to hand him extorted money near Vienna's landmark St Stephen's Cathedral while police watched. Police later arrested him on Wednesday in the neighbouring province of Lower Austria, it said, without giving details.

Red Bull's openness on faeces threat could pay off

By Georgina Prodhan VIENNA (Reuters) - Red Bull's unusual decision to go public on a blackmailer's threat to contaminate its energy drinks with faeces could cost the brand far less long-term than any immediate hit to sales. Known for investing heavily in marketing its drinks and sports events, the privately owned Austrian company reveals little about itself. So its announcement on Thursday of a criminal threat to taint its drinks came as a particular surprise.

Red Bull says victim of blackmail

Red Bull said that an unknown person has been attempting for several weeks to blackmail it by claiming to have contaminated its beverages with faeces. The Austrian energy drink giant said however that "immediate tests and analysis in stores supposedly with contaminated goods on the shelves have found nothing." Red Bull was born when Dietrich Mateschitz, an Austrian toothpaste marketing executive, stumbled during a trip to Asia in the early 1980s across a popular local beverage known as Krating Daeng, Thai for water buffalo, that cured his jet lag.

Red Bull maker says is target of blackmail

VIENNA (Reuters) - The beverage and sports marketing giant Red Bull said on Thursday it was the target of a blackmail attempt by someone who had threatened to contaminate its energy drinks. The extortionists had threatened to taint beverage cans with faecal matter if they were not paid off. Checks at stores where they said they had put contaminated drinks had found nothing, Austria-based Red Bull said.

Russian lawmakers seek ban on energy drinks containing alcohol and caffeine

Moscow, Mar 11 (EFE).- Lawmakers from the governing United Russia and opposition Just Russia parties introduced a bill Monday in the lower house of Parliament that calls for a ban on the production and sale of energy drinks that contain low levels of alcohol and caffeine, media reports said. "We consider it necessary to prohibit the production and sale of energy drinks in whose composition there is alcohol (between 1.2 and 12 proof) and caffeine, taking into account the harm done to the health of young people, who are the main consumers," the bill says.

UPDATE 4-Monster Beverage says its energy drinks did not kill teen

* Doctors hired by company say drink did not kill teen * U.S. regulators probing five other deaths * Chicago panel to discuss proposed energy drink regulations By Martinne Geller March 4 (Reuters) - Monster Beverage Corp, defending its Monster Energy drinks from mounting criticism about potential health risks, said on Monday its medical investigators found no evidence that the drinks caused the death of a 14-year-old girl.
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