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17 Dec 2018

Honduras: Fair Trade USA decertifies Fyffes' melon producer Suragroh for non-compliance

In November 2018, Fair Trade USA received evidence which alleged violations at the Suragroh melon farm in Honduras, which employs 3,700 workers. The farm had gained Fair Trade certifcation in April 2018.

Following an investigation into the allegations, Fair Trade USA found Suragroh to be in non-compliance with several Fair Trade standards covering wages and benefits, worker health and safety, and freedom of association. In December 2018, Fair Trade USA officially decertified Suragroh, revoking its Fair Trade certificate. 

In December 2018, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Fyffes to respond to the decertification of its melon producer, Suragroh. Fyffes' response is included below.