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Carrefour suspends prawn orders from CP Foods

Author: Fish Information & Services, Published on: 12 June 2014

Carrefour has decided to suspend its direct or indirect purchases from Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) due to reports of likely connections with slave labour. The retailer explained this is a precautionary measure taken "until the issue is clarified." The French retailer's decision is based on journalistic research carried out by The Guardian newspaper, which showed that there was slave labour in the prawn supply chain in Thailand. Carrefour sources explained that, as it has done regularly, a social audit of the company's processing plant was carried out in July 2013, and it had revealed nothing abnormal at that time... Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) welcomed the announcement by the retail giant and informed that as a further step Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt would be returning all remaining stocks of CP Foods products... [Environmental Justice Foundation's] Executive Director considers this decision should urge all companies selling Thai seafood to take similar action and carry out rigorous, independent audits of their entire supply chain, no matter who their suppliers are...Besides, he encouraged consumers to take the opportunity to demand their retailers take strong and meaningful action to eradicate slavery from their supply chains.

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Related companies: Carrefour