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19 Aug 2015

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

Costco Taken to Court for Knowingly Selling Slave Labor Shrimp to Unsuspecting Californians

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According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court this morning, the product of slave labor has found its way onto the dinner plates of California consumers who buy frozen farmed prawns and frozen meals from Costco and from Costco’s supplier CP Foods…The complaint charges that Costco is aware that the farmed prawns it purchases from Southeast Asian producers, including Defendant CP Foods, and then resells to California consumers, is derived from documented slavery, human trafficking and other illegal labor abuses…The Complaint seeks injunctive relief to prevent Costco and CP Foods from continuing to import and sell Thai frozen farmed prawns in California as long as the supply chain continues to be tainted by human rights abuses as well as restitution to customers who bought the tainted products. [Also refers to CP (Charoen Pokphand)]

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US class action lawsuit filed against Costco & CP Foods for selling prawns allegedly derived from slavery

Costco lawsuit (re slave labour in Thailand)