Italy: Prosecutor names Mutti & Conserve Italia as benefiting from exploited workers in supply chains; incl. company statements

Author: Isabel Hunter & Lorenzo Di Pietro, Guardian (UK), Published on: 26 October 2017

"The terrible truth about your tin of Italian tomatoes", 24 Oct 2017

…Italian prosecutor Paola Guglielmi has named…Mutti and Conserve Italia as benefiting from “conditions of absolute exploitation” in the country’s hugely lucrative tomato industry, as part of an investigation into the death of a seasonal labourer…

The Italian investigator used her powers to track the supply chain up to the very top of the country’s €3.2bn (£2.85bn) processed tomato industry. While the companies are not liable for the death, their link is significant….

…The preliminary investigation has now concluded, and a judge will decide whether the case should go to trial…

A spokesman for Conserve Italia…said it requires all its suppliers agree to “respect” their workers and the company’s ethical code, and that the company cut ties with the supplier involved after they were made aware of Muhammed’s death…

...[I]t plans to sue the suppliers for damages “to protect its reputation...”

“Mutti has always been committed to fight any exploitation of workers’ systems by all means… As far as the protection and security of workers is concerned, each contract involves specific requirements on work conditions (salary regularity as well as security in the workplace)...”

[Also refers to Sainsbury's, Tesco]

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Related companies: Sainsbury's Tesco