Change in U.S. law makes ban possible? Following increased media and public attention on cocoa child labor, two U.S. senators have been advocating for a ban on Ivorian cocoa at U.S. ports. A recent amendment to U.S. law would justify and allow the ban as well as a related investigation, according to a letter from Senators Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden to DHS.
Charm offensive from IC? This week, Washington Post reported on a meeting in Abidjan between a U.S. congressman and staffers and Ivorian representatives. Speaking to the congressional delegation, Ivory Coast’s first lady argued that cocoa child labor is relatively rare, a claim contrary to the results of several studies and investigations.