In late October, U.S. Customs and Border Protection visited Ivory Coast to review allegations of child labor in cocoa cultivation. The investigation follows a request from two Democrat senators in July; the legislators contend that a 2015 amendment to the Customs and Border Patrol trade bill would allow the blocking of Ivorian cocoa imports to the U.S. in response to forced child labor.

Per The Seattle Times, a ban on Ivorian cocoa beans could extend to all chocolate products made from those beans in response to reasonable evidence of forced or indentured child labor.

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