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Lawsuit accuses Thai Union of selling US consumers seafood from supply chain using slave labor

A lawsuit filed in California accuses Thai Union Group and its US subsidiaries of selling products to consumers from a supply chain that contains slave labor. This is the first lawsuit over alleged slave labor filed directly against Thai Union and its Chicken of the Sea US subsidiaries.

October 2, 2015


A lawsuit filed in California accuses Thai Union Group and its US subsidiaries of selling products to consumers from a supply chain that contains slave labor.

This is the first lawsuit over alleged slave labor filed directly against Thai Union and its Chicken of the Sea US subsidiaries. Thai Union is named in class action lawsuits filed against Nestle, Mars and Proctor and Gamble, over pet food food allegedly produced from a supply chain also containing slave labor, but is not a defendant in either.

The lawsuit claims Thai Union and Chicken of the Sea have slavery in their supply chain in a variety of ways, including buying from motherships.

Thailand produces approximately 350,000 metric tons of “trash fish” per year, the document states. “The shrimp consuming this “trash fish” are then supplied directly to retailers or seafood importers and distributors in the United States such as defendants,” it is alleged.

Source: Tom Seaman, Undercurrent News. Read story.

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