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December 27, 2015

Thailand

Frozen Foods Association Stops Purchases from Peeling Sheds

 

Members of the Thai Frozen Foods Association (TFFA) have decided to stop buying processed shrimp from third-party peeling sheds and will instead process shrimp in-house.  The change will take effect on January 1, 2016.  The decision followed a vote by association members to reduce the risk of human rights violations and illegal labor practices in the supply chain.

 

Members who continue to purchase shrimp from peeling sheds will have their membership revoked and be barred from exporting shrimp products.  To ease the impact of the move, TFFA said it will work with local non-government organizations to offer employment to workers who may lose their jobs at shrimp-peeling sheds.

 

TFFA president Poj Aramwattananon said, “It is clear that complete transparency and full oversight is required.  This is the only way to restore the industry’s image and protect it from accusations of slave labor.  Members will only produce and export shrimp processed in-house.  We don’t want to face any accusations from abroad.”

 

Source: Bangkok Post.  TFFA to Ditch External Shrimp Processing Firms.  Penchan Charoensuthipan.  December 25, 2015.

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