'Sustainable' Nestle Cocoa Made With Child Slavery, Suit Says

Law360 (April 22, 2019, 8:46 PM EDT) -- A proposed class action filed Friday in California federal court claims that child slaves on West African farms harvest cocoa for Nestle, even though it labels its products as "sustainably sourced."

The world's largest food company has known for more than a decade that its supply chain is tainted with child labor, but its use of seals claiming that its cocoa is sustainably sourced sways consumers into believing that its products follow socially and environmentally responsible standards, according to named plaintiff Renee Walker.

"For years, Nestle has reaped the benefit of affirmatively mislabeling products as sustainable and helpful to farmers when,...

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