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Nestle Accused of Using Slave Labor


08/28/2015 - 14:49



The Federal Court in Los Angeles received a claim from residents of the State of California, accusing Nestle in use sea products from Thailand, which was caught with slave labor. This was reported Bloomberg.



Lisa.davis via flickr
Lisa.davis via flickr
Several buyers of cat food Fancy Feast filed a lawsuit against the company. In their statement, they say that they would not buy this food if they knew about the use of slave labor in the production chain.

The plaintiffs' attorney said that by hiding this fact, Nestle “actually deceives millions of consumers,” as hundreds of people were beaten and even killed during the process.

The lawsuit states that suppliers from Thailand get fish from trawlers, the team of which often consist of men and children trafficked from Myanmar and Cambodia and sold in the Thai ports as slaves. Then they are gathered up in a team set for fishing boats.

Comment by Nestle has yet been received, although the company says that forced labor is not used in its production chain.

This is not the first appeal to the court against the purchase of products, the production of which, according to the applicants, used slave labor. A week ago, a similar lawsuit went against wholesale retail chain Costco Wholesale Corp, which sells shrimps from Thailand.

The claims followed after the US State Department report publication in July of this year on the slave trade in the 188 countries, where the severity of the problem in noted in the fishery trade in Thailand.

Nestle S.A. is the world's largest producer of food and beverages. The company also produces pet food, pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. Nestle owns more than 460 factories around the world. Net profit of the Group for 2014 amounted to 14.5 billion Swiss francs (about 15.4 billion dollars), revenues - 91.6 billion francs (97.6 billion dollars).

source: bloomberg.com