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Spanish police seize 300,000 antigen tests of suspicious origin

Police agents carried out a raid operation in five warehouses in Madrid
A police officer examines the seized antigen tests. Photo: Policia Nacional
A police officer examines the seized antigen tests. Photo: Policia Nacional.

As if it were drugs or another product pursued by law.

Agents of the Spanish National Police reported on Thursday the seizure of 300,000 Covid-19 antigen tests in several warehouses of an industrial park in the municipality of Fuenlabrada, southwest of Madrid.

"In less than 24 hours, the investigators detected and blocked the distribution, since it could be irregular products for not complying with the established sanitary measures," the police said in a statement.

The events are framed in the situation of shortage of antigen tests that Spain has suffered for days. There are hardly any stocks left in the pharmacies of these products, which have become much more expensive ahead of the New Year's celebrations.

According to police information, the investigation began on Tuesday when police officers learned that Covid-19 antigen tests that did not comply with specific protocols or that had not passed official tests could be being distributed.

'Impact on safety and health'

"Given the seriousness of the events, due to the impact it could have on the safety and health of consumers, the investigators managed in just 24 hours to locate said products in a well-known industrial park in the municipality of Fuenlabrada," the official statement reads .

On Wednesday, the police carried out an operation with the aim of inspecting these products corresponding to four companies located in five warehouses.

In total, around a million tests were examined, of which some 300,000 were seized due to deficiencies in the documents or lack of authorization for their distribution, so they could not be considered suitable for use.

The police are inspecting the documents seized to clarify whether those responsible for these products are suspected of any crime.

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