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Lawsuit targets Cargill, other food companies for child labor in cocoa supply chain

A similar lawsuit was previously shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court

Activists are again accusing Cargill and other major food companies of buying cocoa from West African farms that force children to work in unsafe conditions.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia alleges Cargill, Mondelez, Mars Inc. and the company's leaders "have done little to address the ongoing and pervasive use of child workers performing the worst forms of child labor on their sourcing plantations."

The new suit comes after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a similar lawsuit targeting Nestle and Cargill in 2021 after 16 years of litigation. Activists have continued pressuring the companies to meet their pledges to eliminate child labor in their supply chains.


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