Costco and CP Foods Face Lawsuit over Alleged Slavery in Prawn Supply Chain

The legal claim seeks injunction against the retailer to prevent sale of prawns produced by Thai supplier unless labelled a product tainted by slavery

The Guardian

August 19, 2015—Three California law firms are seeking an injunction to stop the U.S. retail chain Costco from selling prawns unless they are labelled as the product of slavery.

The firms have filed a class action lawsuit against Costco and its Thai seafood supplier, alleging that Costco knowingly sold prawns from a supply chain tainted by slavery.

The claim, lodged in the federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday, alleges that Costco has for several years bought and resold farmed prawns from the leading Thai food group CP Foods, and other companies, that have sourced the raw material for their feed from ships manned by slaves.

The plaintiff in the class action is a California resident, Monica Sud, who has bought prawns from the membership-based wholesale grocer, but the class action potentially affects millions of customers in California, America’s most populous state.

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