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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spanish Lettue: What's the real cost of your fresh salad?

15 April 2015. An army of modern-day "slaves" are being used to grow the salad and winter vegetables that fill Britain's supermarket shelves.

An investigation by Channel 4 News has spoken to workers picking vegetables for a Spanish company whose produce is supplied to Tesco, Sainsbury's Asda, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer. The company, Agroherni, grows conventional and highly priced organic lettuces, herbs and salad leaves in a trade worth almost 30m euros a year.

Agroherni uses an employment agency called Integra Empleo to provide casual workers to pick the produce in its fields. Workers spoken to by Channel 4 News claim the agency routinely mistreats the workers.

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