Greek authorities were searching on Wednesday, for members of a group that threatened to contaminate certain packaged food products with hydrochloric acid, during the Christmas season.
The country’s Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) issued an announcement calling on consumers in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki not to buy 1.5 litre bottles of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Light; 1 liter cartons of Delta brand milk, and packages of Yfantis processed sausage from Dec. 20-25.
It has also called on supermarkets to withdraw the products from their shelves, and assured consumers it was taking all possible measures to protect the public’s health.
During a TV interview, EFET president Ioannis Tsialtas reassured the Greek public that the danger by contaminated food will be eliminated by withdrawing the specific products from super-market shelves. He added that the products were located only in Athens and Thessaloniki, and not in the rest of the country.
The threat was made on an internet site by a group calling itself “Blackgreen Arsonists.” Similar threats have been made in the past at Christmas time without any poisonings being reported.