by Countable | 10.6.17
The Associated Press has released an exclusive report revealing that North Korean workers are being used as slave labor in Chinese seafood factories to earn money for the North Korean regime. Fish from those factories has ended up in Walmart and Aldi grocery stores in the U.S., meaning U.S. consumers have inadvertently funded the North Korean government.
It is a federal crime for anyone in the U.S. to provide money to the North Korean government. Such activity is in violation of sanctions, aimed at curbing the regime’s ability to expand their nuclear capability.
According to the Associated Press the North Korean government has gotten around those restrictions by having North Korean citizens work at Chinese and Russian factories, then claiming the vast majority of their wages.
A factory in Hunchun, China was found by the Associated Press to be one of dozens that employs North Korean workers, and also supplies stores in the United States, including Walmart and Aldi.
Both Walmart and Aldi stated they were aware of the problem and had taken steps to remove the suspect fish from their supply chain. The quantity that has already been purchased, however, means the fish could be in markets for up to a year. Also, brands that are owned in other countries, like Canada and Thailand, may still be sourcing through the Hunchun factories.
Should Congress and the U.N. take steps to assure that U.S. companies are not selling seafood that is packaged using slave labor and/or providing money to North Korea? Will this information change your buying choices or not?
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— Asha Sanaker
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To Eat Or Not To Eat? The Ethics of Seafood — ThinkProgress
Seafood Slavery — Center for American Progress
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It is absolutely unacceptable for Walmart, ALDI, and any company (cough, Nestle, cough) to have slave labor in their supply chain and we need to pass laws to prevent it from happening.
When we buy certain items from Ivanka and Donald’s brand we are supporting the Chinese low wage employees. It starts from the top: buy American, hire American and don’t be a hypocrite.
This is simple, additional sanctions to stop any country from using N Korea’s labor force. Also I am going to boycott any US company until they end this practice. It is the responsibility of our government to look for and provide this information to the American people and the American people’s responsibility to use the power of the personal purse to influence retailers.
Yes there should be a law that verifies that the supply chain isn’t supporting North Korea
We absolutely should not buy food that’s made from slave labor anywhere and we should not support N Korea in any way!
We should make a law such that any and all products sold in the US (regardless of production location) must be made in accordance with American labor and saftey regulations.
Start with the president and his family first We cannot tell people and companies not to do something when the president, his family and members of congress flaunt it and their wealth in our faces
I find myself in the awkward position of having supported slave labor, a thing that all right minded people find abhorrent. And at the same time, supporting a dictatorial government. Also abhorrent. If corporations would take care of their ethics as much as they care for their money, there would be no need for regulation. As it stands, trump and the republicans do this nation a disservice by cutting regulations to those who give no care to the people of the nation and the world.
We should not be supporting The North Korean government in anyway, especially not buying any food they are packaging with slave labor. That is not only wrong but dangerous.
Shop small buy local shop fair trade certified whenever possible
Penalize and shame any corporate entity with slave/forced labor in their supply chain. Unacceptable.!!!
Whenever I buy packages food I always try to see who provided it. For seafood, it always seems to be the Chinese or Chile. Neither of these countries has very good human rights records (in my opinion). The best way consumers can fight back is to stop buying it.
Slave labor products are unacceptable
Mr Trump, put your money where your mouth is , ban the import and sale of salmon from China until there is evidence that this source of income has been cutoff from the Korean regine. If done by China this would earning signal to N korea that their major supporter is unhappy with them and induce them to alter theirbehavior and possibly negotiate a nee status quo. And then collectively we cam worry about cutting off Russian support from the north
It would be nice if we could support our own workers instead of propping up North Korea
Guess got to sanction Walmart
It's impossible to cover all the bases on situations like this, knowing about it now makes it imperative that action be taken now! China is culpable and food chain security is paramount.
How many other suppliers do the same? I would think Wal Mart & Aldi are going to stop doing business with this supplier, which means they will now need another supplier of probably from the same region. Who is to say the next supplier doesn’t do the same? How many of the products we have on our homes are a result of forced labor?
More needs to be done to certify that our food is safe and is not benefitting rogue nations such as North Korea. I do not understand how this could be happening with multiple layers of checks that we already have in place(USDA,FDA). There needs to be more clarity to food labeling and specifically country of origin.
Shut it down. We cannot allow this