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22 Nov 2016

Nick Parker, Sun (UK)

Romania: Investigation exposes child labour & exploitative conditions in Kinder Egg (owned by Ferrero) supply chain

"eggsploitation exposed: Kinder Egg ‘slaves’ paid 22p-an-hour to work 13-hour shifts making toys hidden inside chocolate treats are helped by kids aged SIX", 21 Nov 2016

KIDS as young as six are among tragic “slave” workers making Kinder Egg toys...And desperately poor adult home workers are labouring up to 13 hours a day for 22p-an-hour making toys for chocolate giant Ferrero...The family are supplied with eggs and plastic parts by a firm called Prolegis, a sub-contractor for Romexa SA...Daniel Muresan, area manager for Romexa SA, insisted he had no idea work was being outsourced..In a statement Ferrero said it banned the use of children in factories and guaranteed employees the minimum wage. It claimed suppliers Romexa and Prolegis passed a strict audit inspection in May. A spokesman said: “All our suppliers are subject to regular independent checks to ensure that they observe the terms of our strict Code of Conduct. “We will investigate these new allegations fully in order to ensure that our Code of Conduct is being strictly observed.”