Arrests made at the alleged source of the recent listeria outbreak in Spain

SIX people have been arrested in Spain for allegedly knowing about the presence of listeria in their product without reporting it and a further two are under further investigation.

The Guardia Civil working with Europol believe that those involved were aware of the problem at the end of 2018, but continued to distribute the tainted foodstuff which resulted in the first outbreak of listeria in Huelva in August of this year.

Indeed it is alleged that because they were aware of the problem that they had it relabelled the product in order to try to escape detection.

The Seprona arm of the Guardia Civil working with the European Network of Food Fraud was responsible for analysing the material which caused 193 people to be infected.

Two of those arrested have been placed in detention without bail and it is believed that although the majority of those who were taken ill were Spanish, four members of a German family and an English person were also victims.

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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

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