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Class action against chocolate and cocoa corporations

Monday, February 22, 2021

Eight men from the Republic of Mali have commenced a class action in a US federal court against Nestle, Cargill, Mars, Mondelez, Hershey, Barry Callebaut, and Olam.  The men allege in their claim that they were trafficked into slavery and forced to harvest cocoa in the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire. The claim alleges breaches of the Harkin-Engel Protocol, under which they agreed to end child labor by 2005.