Supermarkets, restaurants worldwide admit to using slave labour-processed seafood


December 16, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Aquaculture News,News-Asia



A large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents has revealed that top seafood retailers and restaurants around the world were using products that were tainted with forced slave labour, originating from Thailand’s seafood peeling factories.

The Gig Peeling Factory on the outskirts of Bangkok houses horrors made of nightmares. Here, the forced labourers work for 16 hours for little or no pay fearing violence from the overseers.

An Associated Press investigation revealed that Thai Union, the largest seafood supplier, employs the Gig Peeling Factory where a hundred Burmese people, including children, are kept under lock and key and forced to work for hours without end with their hands in cold water, tearing and shedding at the heads and tails of the shrimps.

Woolworths, Coles and Aldi, Australia’s top retail grocery chains, have all said that they use Thai Union as suppliers for their retail stores. “We will investigate this further with our supplier and seek advice from our NGO partners,” The Guardian quoted Woolworths as saying.

Australian retailer, IGA Supermarkets’s supplier Metcash confirmed that it uses Thai Union as well.

“Some of our other locally based seafood suppliers may purchase prawns from Thai Union as they are one of the largest seafood suppliers in the world,” a Metcash spokesman said.

Full article at the International Business Times (India Edition)