Koskie Minsky LLP has commenced a class action against the Hershey Chocolate Company on behalf of consumers who unwittingly purchased chocolate bars that were made using child labour and slavery.
Hershey is the manufacturer of well-known chocolate bars such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Skor, Oh Henry! and Kisses. The statement of claim alleges that slavery and child labour is used to produce the cocoa in these popular treats.
Hershey sources much of its cocoa from the Ivory Coast. It is well documented that cocoa production in that country uses slave labour, child labour, child slaves and trafficked children. It is alleged that Hershey encourages and benefits from these practices. It is further alleged that Canadian consumers would not buy Hershey products if they were aware of the conditions in which they are produced.
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