Spain: Clandestine onion processing warehouse dismantled

An entrepreneur who was processing and selling fried and boiled onions in a clandestine warehouse in Ceuta, Spain, without adhering to the required health regulations was arrested by the Guardia Civil in an operation which also involved several Public Health and Ministry of Labour inspectors.

P.G.C.G., 52 year old from the town of Archena, was arrested on suspicion of crime against labour rights, as during the inspection, 6 Moroccan women without a contract were found in the premises, in inadequate working conditions, manipulating the raw materials for their later processing. 

The investigation started after Seprona's personnel heard of the existence of a warehouse located in that town where food products were being processed illegally. After several unsuccessful attempts to enter the premises, during this first inspection the agents checked that they had no license to operate, lacked the necessary hygiene conditions to process food items and security regulations were also not adhered to, leading Seprona to issue a formal administrative complaint against the warehouse.


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