FIVE people linked to Magrudis – the company at the centre of a listeria outbreak in Spain – have been arrested.
Three of the five arrested are the manager of the company, José Antonio Marín, and his two sons, one of them the administrator and sole partner, Sandro José Marín Rodríguez.
The outbreak has been blamed for the deaths of three people and seven abortions, in addition to having affected about 200 people.
Judge Pilar Ordóñez, has also ordered searches of several premises, homes and offices linked to the company, which produces the La Mecha brand that was found to be the source of the infection.
The other two arrests are said to be of another family member and an administrator of the company.
The judge has ordered that the headquarters of Magrudis in Sevilla and what could be a factory or warehouse be searched and put under a judicial seal.
The judge has opened preliminary proceedings to investigate the facts reported, which could in principle be crimes against public health and causing injuries.
Investigators are searching through all the cases of people affected to see if any crimes have been committed, particularly homicide.