Health risk alerts opened in May 2020 for four types of masks imported by the Galician company Sibucu 360 SL from China have been published on both the Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX) of the European Union and the alert network. Ministry of Consumption. In those early months of the pandemic, all communities reported violations found wearing masks.
However, when concluding contracts for the supply of medical supplies against covid, these two official databases were ignored by at least two communities: Galicia and Madrid. Both governments Alberto Nunez Feijoo such as the Isabelle Diaz Ayuso They again bought masks from Sibucu 360 SL, despite warnings about some batches of FFP2 / KN95 type masks supplied by this company, which had not previously been involved in marketing medical devices and that was associated with a businessman known as Feihoo: Jose Ramon Garcia Gonzalez.
In particular, Xunta again entered into a contract with this company in June 2021, purchasing 2.3 million masks between March and June 2020 – 2 million surgical masks and 300,000 FFP2 masks – for a total amount of 1,945,000 euros. 90,650 FFP3 type units worth €43,512which were purchased for distribution to the staff of hospitals and health centers in six of the seven health districts of Galicia.
community of madridfor its part, on August 10, 2020, invested half a million euros in the purchase of surgical masks from Sibucu for the La Paz hospital.
Registration of the CAM agreement with Sibucu in August 2018.
In addition, the Ministry of Health of Madrid entered into a contract with this company for the sale of masks, caps and filters in the amount of 14,980 euros in July 2020 for the Ramon y Cajal Hospital without the Madrid Community contracting portal containing additional information about the products purchased from the company based in A Coruña.
The illegality of the four types of masks [80.000 unidades, según Sibucu] It appears that this company did not pass the bill that contracted with the National Institute of Health Management (Ingesa) of the Ministry of Health.
According to the company itself, their customers in the first months of the pandemic were also Valencian Community, Castile-La Mancha, Municipalities of Seville, Zamora and Huelva, Provincial Councils of Cuenca and Huesca and Provincial Council of Araba. But not all state administrations have repeated with Sibuku following the health warnings.
Yes, Xunta de Galicia did it. On June 20, 2021, more than a year after informing the state health alert network of the illegality of four batches of FFP2 masks imported by this company, the Galician Health Service (Sergas) bought again from the same enterprise.
In the decision to award the award, the Sergas General Directorate of Economic Resources states that after ordering the supply of masks to twelve companies on August 17, 2020, in November of the same year, it requested a price reduction in FFP3 “due to public reasons.” interest.”
Eight companies responded to this call, including Sibucu, which offered the lowest price: 0.48 euros per unit, i.e. 15% below the average of other competitors and 134% lower from the cost of the most expensive offer.
Spanish public procurement rules establish restrictions conclude contracts with companies that abnormally low rates on the basis of a lower quality of purchased goods or services; this is what is known as “reckless suggestions”.
In particular, the Public Sector Contracts Law establishes in its section 149 that if “the contracting authority considers that an offer is unworkable because it has been formulated in terms that make it abnormally low”, he must exclude it through an appropriate procedure and reckless offers will be rejected if “they violate subcontracting rules or fail to comply with applicable environmental, social, or labor obligations.”
FFP3 masks are now sold in the retail market at prices ranging from three and five euros per item. Last February, when protection measures were still mandatory and demand for masks was high, the junta bought them from Sibuku at less than half a euro “for being called the ideal mask to meet the needs of the Galician Health Service.”
Although that treaty was not awarded as a matter of emergency, only the decision appears in the case, which mentions memory support Procurement Services of the Sergas General Procurement Department, which Xunta did not make public.
He also did not publish documents regarding the technical and administrative terms of the contract, nor its formalization, nor if, when studying proposals, it was taken into account that the fact that Shibuku offered masks 15% cheaper than others may be related to its quality. Especially since Xunta knew for a year that the same company was importing multiple batches of FFP2. with false seal CE marking.
On the contrary, for the supply of masks for members of the Office of Justice of the Community of Madrid Shibuku’s offer was rejected presumption of recklessnesssince, although this meant a reduction of 1.81 euros per FFP2 mask unit, “an important aspect is missing from the breakdown, namely the costs of transportation to the various judicial institutions of the Community of Madrid,” the resolution says. .
One of the invoices from CAM to SIbucu 360 SL.
It also does not refer to “strong ability to pay as a requirement to justify its proposal under the Public Sector Contracts Act,” according to a resolution dated September 18, 2020, which the public was able to access.
Warnings for four models of Sibucu masks indicated that the CE stamp on their markings is not legal, as it belongs to an Italian company. ENTE Certificazione Macchine SRL cannot certify FFP2 masks. However, there is another warning fired Government of Navarre regarding the masks of Tomashi brand imported by Sibucu in March and April 2020, on which the CE seal does not bear the number of any certifying authority.
The company’s explanation, offered to this newspaper, is that it suffered “fraud” Italian laboratory. But in this case, according to the warning of the government of Navarre, there is not even an accreditation laboratory.
Given the refusal of Xunta, the government of Isabel Diaz Ayuso and the City Council of Madrid, who also purchased masks from Sibucu 360 SL, to show records of contracts with this Galician company, it cannot be confirmed that the masks affected by the health alerts were effective in preventing the spread covid.
These files must contain test certificates in a laboratory in the country of origin, i.e. in China. These masks have been successfully tested by an accredited body and the seal issue has not affected the quality of the product, Sibuku said. This company also indicates that the affected masks did not end up in any government agencies, but only in pharmacies, from where they were seized. But he does not provide evidence for this.
Extract from the alert report of the Generalitat de Catalunya reporting Subicu’s masks.
The success of this Galician company in the sale of masks in various public institutions started in March 2020 with the approval of Xunta de Galicia itself, as businessman José Ramon García González was at that time the soul of Moonoff SL, a company specialized in the lighting sector, which driven by Sibucu 360 SL, and that he was the main importer of the masks, although the awards went to Sibuku. Moonoff and his then investment partner Garcia Gonzalez are well known in Galicia and in the Galician government. Moonoff has contracts with several city councils in the community.
José Ramon Garcia Gonzalez was sentenced four years ago to nine months in jail already fine EUR 615,372.75 as the author of two continuous crimes fraud tax and False documentary. He is currently awaiting trial for another intellectual property offense for which prosecutors are seeking a year in prison and 1.2 million euro in concept civil liabilityin addition to another 1.2 million companies in which it participates or participated.
At the age of 31, Garcia Gonzalez began his career at Blusens Global Corporation, a technology company he co-founded with a friend that has become the most mp3 players sold in Spain during the boom of these devices.
It appeared in forty countries and was billed for about 60 million per year when in 2008 he received investment support from Inveravante, owned by Manuel Youngowner until the same year of a construction company fades. Around the same time, the Bluesins sponsored television programs and teams from various sports disciplines, including the basketball club Obradoiro de Santiago, after one of the successes of which was photographed with feiju at the Xunta headquarters.
financial collapseor strongly affected the firm, whose turnover fell sharply. In 2012 court of santiago sentenced him to cease production of several products from his catalog, realizing that they violated the intellectual property of Televes, another company that is a competitor to Santiago. Jove left the company’s capital in 2013, and Bluesens continued to fall until another judge ruled him. settlement in 2015. Two years later, its founder was convicted for tax fraud and fraud.
Excerpt from a report on the Generalitat Valenciana’s warnings about Shibuku masks.
The public tried unsuccessfully contact him. The contact mobile number that appears on the Visualiza Businnes website, holding company which he built after the elimination of Bluesens, corresponds to a man who says that he has nothing to do with him.
Diego Mataa spokesman for Sibucu assured Público last Tuesday that García González is no longer affiliated with the company, but the truth is that, according to the commercial register, Sibucu owns 30% of the capital of Magna Technology Sl, at one time run by Visualiza Business, and 70% The moon is offthe company in which González Garcia acted as an investment partner when, at the beginning of the pandemic, he made public that he managed through it buying masks for various administrations.
A spokesman for Sibucu also stated that while none of the companies mentioned had a relationship no experience some in the health sector were contacted by various organizations early in the pandemic to make it easier to import goods from China. According to their version, they only agreed to make their own commercial network and contacts in Asia, but were not initially offered.
The truth is that Público has documentary evidence that the agents of Sibuku they appeared to other institutions such as the Official College of Pharmacists of Murcia, where they offered their masks at 3.5 euros for FFP2 and one euro for surgical ones. However, on the same dates, Sibuku claims that he sold them to Galicia and Madrid at a price of 2.5 to 2.7 euros.
In Andalusia, the council’s directory of suppliers of anticovid materials includes Sibucu with an email address for its advertisement and a brief description of the company’s activities, in which it already defines itself as a consultant specializing in “product certification” and “medical supply management”.
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