Could child labor lead to U.S. ban on Ivory Coast cocoa?
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.
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