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Costco faces lawsuit over sale of prawns allegedly farmed by slave labor

Costco faces lawsuit over sale of prawns allegedly farmed by slave labor

A Costco Wholesale Corp. customer sued the retailer on allegations that it knowingly sold frozen prawns that were the product of slave labor. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, alleges that Costco was aware that the prawns it purchased from its Southeast Asian producers came from a supply chain dependent on human trafficking and other illegal labor abuses. The suit, which seeks class-action status, named seafood producers Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Co. in Thailand and C.P. Food Products Inc. in Maryland as defendants. Based on claims of unfair competition and fraudulent practices, the lawsuit seeks a court order stopping...

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