Vitasoy was told to pay a jobless man $1 million or see 200 packs of its products poisoned and distributed on the market, a court heard yesterday. Chan Koon-man, 25, pleaded not guilty to blackmail and an alternative count of possessing or having control of a letter making an unwarranted demand. Prosecutor Paul Madigan told the District Court that Chan sent a threatening letter to Vitasoy International Holdings in 1992. Receptionist Chiu Ling-san testified that when she opened the letter at the Tuen Mun office on August 18 she found an anonymous demand for $1 million. The sum was to be paid into a bank account by August 20, the court heard. 'If the demand could not be met, 200 packets of poisonous Vitasoy products would be circulated on the market,' the handwritten note said. The letter was passed to an executive, Lo Yau-yee, and police were alerted. Vitasoy security chief Yu Dau-ning told the court the firm did not pay the sum and no more letters were received. Two fingerprints taken from the letter and the envelope matched Chan's. He was arrested on March 13 this year when returning to Hong Kong from Zhongshan, Guangdong province. The trial before Judge Richard Davies continues.