Italian tomatoes: food firm Princes linked to labour abuses inquiry

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British company uses supplier currently under investigation for exploiting migrant workers who pick fruit sold in UK and European supermarkets

The British food company Princes has become the latest firm linked with an investigation into labour abuses involving migrant workers who pick tomatoes in southern Italy for the plates of British and European consumers.

Princes Industrie Alimentari, owned by Princes, buys tomatoes from De Rubertis, a supplier whose workers were described last October by Italian prosecutor Paola Guglielmi as labouring under “conditions of absolute exploitation”.

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