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Police question man in baby food case

DA not satisfied; Lawyer says client cooperated


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(CNN) -- The man sought in connection with the contamination of three jars of baby food did not answer investigators' questions, the Orange County district attorney's office said Friday.

Charles Dewey Cage's lawyer, Mark Williams, told CNN that his client satisfied police concerns and was not asked to return to the police station.

Deputy District Attorney Susan Schroeder told CNN that Cage met with investigators in Irvine, California, on Thursday, but gave them no information.

Authorities identified Cage on Wednesday as someone they wanted to talk to in connection with the contamination of the baby food with ground-up castor beans -- the source of the poison ricin.

Three jars of Gerber banana yogurt baby food were turned in to police on May 31 and June 16 by two families. The purchasers said they found notes warning that the baby food was contaminated after they had opened the jars and fed some food to their children. The babies showed no ill health effects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined the baby food contained "component elements of castor beans," which can be processed into ricin.

Investigators stressed that the ground-up beans did not constitute the purified form of ricin, which is highly toxic and can lead to death within 36 to 72 hours of exposure.

"I don't know anything about this [contamination case]," Cage told The Orange County Register on Thursday. "The FBI [messed] up. The Irvine police are shoddy. When I get finished talking, all of them are going to bow down."

All jars of Gerber banana yogurt were removed from the store where the contaminated jars were purchased, but no other cases of tampering were found.

Gerber Products Company issued a statement Wednesday saying Banana Yogurt Dessert has been removed from all stores in Southern California as "an additional precaution."

CNN's Miguel Marquez contributed to this report.


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