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Thailand: Costco, Morrisons, Tesco & others join CP Foods-hosted meeting on addressing trafficking & forced labour in supply chain

“Supermarket giants in Thailand for prawn slavery talks”, 30 July 2014

UK and US supermarket groups are meeting in Thailand…to create a taskforce to tackle trafficking and forced labour in the shrimp feed industry…The three-day meeting will be hosted by Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, the world's largest prawn farmer, which the Guardian found buys fishmeal from suppliers that own, operate or buy from fishing boards manned with slaves. Morrisons, Tesco and Costco US, which buy farmed shrimp from CP Foods, are among the retailers expected to attend the talks with Thai government representatives. Several international catering and food-service firms including Sodexo, Brakes as well as campaigners from Oxfam and the Environmental Justice Foundation will be among the attendees…The aim of the meeting is to agree on the terms of an industry action group, which will work with CP Foods to establish a global benchmark in sustainable shrimp-feed production. It will also help the Thai government create a strategy to halt human trafficking and forced labour in the seafood supply chain…[refers to Carrefour, Whole Foods]

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