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Article

30 Jun 2005

Author:
Natacha Thys, ILRF (International Labor Rights Fund)

Harkin-Engel Protocol on Chocolate and Child Slavery Expires on July 1

July 1, 2005 will mark the expiration of the Harkin-Engel Protocol, a voluntary protocol agreed to by the chocolate industry to ensure U.S. chocolate products aren't made using illegal child labor. Eyewitness reports from the field confirm that the industry has failed to fulfill its promise to monitor and certify by July 2005 that the cocoa it imports is not made by forced child labor. [refers to Mars, Hershey's, Nestlé]