Energy drink giant Red Bull is reporting that it has been blackmailed by anonymous callers threatening to place feces-contaminated beverage cans on supermarket shelves. In a statement, the company said it was cooperating closely with police but offered no information on the demands of the poopetrators.
The company did say that the threats were limited to Austria, but they are cooperating with German authorities as well. The threats started several weeks ago, but so far there has been no sign that any products have been tampered with at any stores. Police did not comment on Red Bull's statement but said that they were close to finding those responsible.
Red Bull's co-founder, Dieter Mateschitz, is worth a reported $7.1 billion and is Austria's richest person. Red Bull's sales rose 12 percent in 2011 to $5.6 billion.