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Tesco and Costco are selling products of slave labour?

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Popular brand names:

  • Carrefour
  • Costco
  • Tesco
  • Walmart

Generic name: Fresh shrimp.

Active ingredient: Shrimp.

Can you make it? You could technically farm your own shrimp, and definitely make your own shrimp products.





Ethical concerns?

It has been found that many Thai fishing boats catering to big international retailers and distributors have been employing slave labour. Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, the world’s largest shrimp farmer, uses cheap fishmeal to feed its shrimp, and this fishmeal comes from seafood caught on boats that keep fishermen slaves under appalling conditions.

Health concerns?

Mercury and other byproducts are always a risk when consuming seafood, however this risk is minimal with animals that have short natural life cycles, such as shrimp.

Alternative brands:

Anything certified fair trade or wild-caught off the coast of your own country.

Are there store brands?

Yes, but most of them are using Thai shrimp too.

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