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17 Dec 2018

Fair Trade Certified

Fair Trade USA decertifies Suragroh melon farm after audit

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"Update: Fair Trade USA Announces Decertification of Suragroh Melon Farm After Audit", 14 December 2018

The Suragroh melon farm in Honduras has officially been decertified and its Fair Trade certificate revoked... This decision follows a thorough on-the-ground audit and investigation that confirmed non-compliance with several Fair Trade standards covering wages and benefits, worker health and safety, and freedom of association...

On November 28, Fair Trade USA received new evidence from trusted sources in Honduras which alleged recent violations... at the Suragroh farm. Given the severity of the allegations... we moved quickly to suspend Suragroh’s Fair Trade certification... while the reported issues were investigated.

... the audit team conducted a thorough investigation of the allegations and the overall compliance of the Suragroh farm with Fair Trade standards... the report confirmed critical violations...The severity of these findings led both the independent auditor and Fair Trade USA’s Certification Department to decertify Suragroh and revoke its Fair Trade certificate, effective immediately...