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Hershey Chocolate Linked to Child Labour

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Hershey, one of the largest chocolate manufactures in the U.S., is lagging behind other companies in taking steps to ensure decent workind conditions in its supply chain, charges a new report.

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Rose Becke (141)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 12:17 am
Thanks for this Naoko

I only buy free trade chocolate

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 4:34 am
That is really sad because Hershey is like the best chocolate in the world!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 10:47 am

Saturday September 18, 2010, 12:37 pm
I agree - all the more reason to buy Fair Trade chocolate brands like Divine.

Paula W (23)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 12:52 pm
I stopped eating M&M's a couple years ago because Mars does animal testing. Now I find out Hershey has less-than-sweet policies too. I've preferred Fair Trade, but now I'll insist on it.

Judith H (27)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 12:58 pm

josie batlles (44)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 1:00 pm
omg that is so sad and appalling..I already do not buy Nestles because of their propaganda in thirld world countries for mothers to use bottled milk for their babies instead of breast milk..knowing full well they only had access to dirty water to make the formula milk with and because they were so poor they would dilute the milk so much that babies were either dying of diaorrhea or starvation... so I guess Hersheys are out now as well!
Please try fair trade ..they do such gorgeous chocolates! We have to have a collective consciousness of what these big brands are doing to others less well off that we are in the world. Thanks very much for sharing this article x

Gene Lingenfelter (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 1:21 pm
I've boycotted them since they moved their operations out of the U.S.!!!!

Gerald Brewster (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 2:26 pm
Child labor? Makes sense--most kids I see nowdays are so jacked-up on sugar and coal-tar derivatives (artificial color, artificial flavorings) that they've got more aimless energy than their small bodies can contain! Their parents are a nervous wreck trying to control their unbridled exuberance, some parents end up snapping and resort to violence, et cetera, and restaurants start banning families with unruly kids whose numbers increase with each and every day, all because parents keep feeding them artificial chemicals disguised as food. So, if parents insist on fuelling their childrens' neuroses with artificial food additives to the point where they drive everyone else nutz, send 'em to the salt mines. Either that, or start tripling what they pay their babysitters!
Personally, I'd say Hershey's is crummy "chocolate" anyway, and shouldn't feed it to anyone about whom I care. *Note--I'm not really in favor of child labor, merely against feeding artificial food additives to children, and the resulting madness.

Shirley H (49)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 2:38 pm
There are very few companies I trust. I used to be very naive, but now I realize that you have to be very careful who you put your faith in.
Shirley H.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 3:22 pm
I have been buying Free trade Chocolate for years now, I started when I found it tasted better finding that it was better for the producers made it even better.

Justin R (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 3:45 pm
Hershey, Nestle etc.gulity of:

Child labour.
Massive destruction of forests particularly Indonesia due to insane demand of palm oil.
Extinction of orangutans due to the elimination of their enviornment.
Destruction of flora and fauna of these forests.

You can make a difference: don't buy their candies; conduct your own research and let them know why you are no longer buy their product.

Naoko i (264)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 4:51 pm
Thanks for all those comments. Glad that many of you(us) are buying Free Trade products.

April Thompson (2)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 5:24 pm
Wow! I have to look at fair trade chocolate.

Naoko i (264)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 5:44 pm
And I wish, one day, there's no need of Fair Trade, but all the Trade is Fair.

Saturday September 18, 2010, 6:07 pm
I gave up Hershey's long long ago because of this.

Charlene Rush (2)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 6:53 pm
To Ms.Shakespeare: Undoubtedly, you work for Hershey!

Good chocolate is a passion of mine and I find it most intriguing that you would make that statment. Quite frankly, it is not a bad chocolate, but to say that it is the best chocolate in the world, is stretching the point, by a wide margin.

Judy Stern (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 7:17 pm
I won't be eating anymore Hersey's and I have chocolate in my blood

Mark M (0)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:14 am
Fair Trade Certified by 2022. Do they know that its 2010 now? What could possibly take 12 years?

steve c. (0)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 1:26 pm
it's a hard one aye, we all like to eat chocolate, but in order to stop this happening effectivly we simply have to give it away all together, as long as profit is the main agenda this practice will always go on.

Nancy M (197)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 1:28 pm
Thanks for the info.

gee, you can't eat Hershey's, you can't eat Nestle's, you can't afford much esle.

Patricia Poole (0)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 2:11 pm
Since I found out that Hershey's chocolate was no longer made in the United States I quit purchasing it. We must pay attention to where things and foods are made. We are not doing our country any favors by purchasing things that used to be made here in the United States.

Bobbie Hensley (43)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 2:59 pm
Thanks for the article..this is not what i wanted to hear about a fave chocolate company..this just goes to show greed and power make you heartless.

Tamie R (2)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 5:47 pm
IS there anything anymore that doesn't exploit someone or something?

Clifton Jackson (124)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 6:32 pm
I Love Chocolate!! Maybe I need to start trade chocolate!!!!

Susanna l (0)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 9:56 pm
yes organic and fair trade chocolate only

Mark S (0)
Friday October 1, 2010, 1:26 pm
Noted and thank you for posting. Corporations are no different than politicians: their actions always need to be scrutinized by the public eye and they always need to be held accountable for those actions.
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