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Children and chocolate: The sweet industry's bitter side

NGOs say human trafficking and child labor remain deep-seated problems of the cocoa industry as a Nestlé, ADM [Archer Daniels Midland] and Cargill court case stirs up old supply chain concerns…[T]he non-profit development organization, Suedwind Institute, told ConfectioneryNews that it believed all companies who used and use cocoa from West Africa…still have child labor in their value chain…Friedel Huetz-Adams, commodities specialist for the Suedwind Institute…maintained that child labor is still a huge problem in the sector, making reference to a report from the International Cocoa Initiative which claims at least 300,000 children work in cocoa production in the Ivory Coast and Ghana…Carolyn Kitto, lead activist at NGO Stop the Traffik, told ConfectioneryNews that…it has been known that human trafficking is an ongoing and deep-seated problem in the cocoa industry and that organisations like her own continue to hear of “verifiable on the ground cases” of human trafficking…[Also refers to Hershey]

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