Bad Chocolate: Hershey's, Nestle, and Mars Inc. are Facing Child Slavery Accusations

Oct 06, 2015 10:30 PM EDT | By abbie uychiat

Everybody's favorite chocolate bar is in for a treat as their companies is currently making the headlines. As per Refinery 21, lawsuits were filed against major candy companies namely The Hershey Company, Mars Inc., and Nestle.

The lawsuit claims that the companies source of coca beans from the suppliers in the Ivory Coast used child laborers ; some of which are trafficked and were forced to work. The lawsuit was filed by the law firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Sharpio.

"America's largest and most profitable food conglomerates should not tolerate child labor, much less child slave labor, anywhere in their supply chains, these companies should not turn a blind eye to known human rights abuses... especially when the companies consistently and affirmatively represent that they act in a socially and ethically responsible manner."

An award winning film maker, Miki Mistrati released a movie documentary back in 2014 entitled Shady Chocolate which highlighted the child labor cases in chocolate companies.

"There is no doubt that a campaign about the reality in chocolate production will harm the chocolate companies, modern slavery with children is a part of the chocolate industry today. But I do not think that it can be the real game changer."

He then added:

"Consumers have not been critical enough; they have not asked why a chocolate bar only costs $1 when the cocoa comes from Africa. Customers have been too easy to trick with smart ads. It is over now. This trial is a unique opportunity for the world to see how their chocolate is produced and why it is so cheap."

This might just be an allegation as it has not yet been proven. As per the Daily Beast, the managing partner at Hagens Berman, Steve Berman made a confirmation that Nestle have launched the most doable program in fighting against child labor, but results were not yet visible.

"They claim they've been taking steps. They partner with the Fair Labor Association to investigate, and they claim they're committed to eradicating it, but the fact is the recent reports show the number of children in the cocoa industry has increased, we doubt that Nestle is taking this very seriously. The consumers reaching out to our firm have been outraged to learn that the candy they enjoy has a dark, bitter production cost-that child and slave labor have been a part of Nestle, Mars, and Hershey's chocolate processing, these companies fail to disclose their use of child and forced labor, 

 

 

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

© 2015 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
Chicago School Officials Address Junk Food

Latest Trend Show Soda Losing Its Appeal Fast

A recent Mintel study shows that a quarter of American no longer ordering soft drinks in restaurants compared to a year ago.

McDonald's Reports Record November Sales Up 14.9 Percent

Unusual McDonald's Outlet Offers No Seating For Patrons

A new McDonald's concept outlet has to dining area. Instead, it offers a 'walk up" window to serve customers on foot. Food from this particular McDonald's store are all ordered to go.

Stall Holders Brave The Extreme Cold To Sell Food On The Wintry Roads Of Siberia

Pineapple & Bubblegum Flavored Strawberries Launched in Australia

Raintree Nursery has launched pineberries (or pineapple flavored strawberries) and bubblegum flavored strawberries in Australia, which are absolutely "fabulous".

Food Tech
Mmm... breakfast burrito

Burrit-OH! App: True Love Might Just Come With An Extra Hot Sauce

A new app wants you to find your perfect match solely based on burrito preferences.

Shake Shack Raises Prices For Upcoming IPO

Environmentally Conscious Canadian Creates An App For Budget Foodies

Feeling responsible for the planet, Pellegrini decided to make an app that could prevent leftover foods in eateries from making a trip to the landfill.

Planet Mars Shows Signs Of Liquid Water

Vegan Diet Could Attract Alien Activity

Cosmic mythologist and medical astrologist Laura Magdalene Eisenhower, posited that our diet as humans play an important role in attracting alien life into Earth.

Real Time Analytics