Thailand’s Seafood Industry Takes Another Hit: Spain Bans Imports Due to Slave Labor

by Admin on August 7, 2014

As allegations of slavery in the Thai fishing industry circulate, Spain is among the most recent countries to being imposing bans on imports from Charoen Pokphand Foods, according to The Nation.

The Nation reports that Niwat Sutemechaikul, director-general of the Thai Fisheries Department, has additionally been told that many supermarkets across the U.S. and Europe have stopped stocking CPF products.

Furthermore, according to The Nation, because of the slave labor accusations “a Spanish industry group has called for the removal of Thai canned tuna from the European Union’s proposed free-trade agreement.”

Labor laws in Thailand are governed by Labor Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998) which sets the minimum standard conditions of employment and dictates that employers cannot stipulate employment conditions which do not comply with these minimum standards.

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