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Mexico investigates allegations of forced labor at a tomato exporter

File Photo: On January 31, 2013, tomatoes are on display at a vegetable stall at La Mersey Market in downtown Mexico City. REUTERS / Tomas Bravo

October 23, 2021

Mexico City (Reuters) -A working group to investigate allegations of forced labor by two tomato exporters after the Mexican government announced on Friday that the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would ban imports from tomato exporters. Said that it was established.

CBP said in a statement Thursday that from October 21st, officials at all US ports of entry will detain fresh tomatoes produced by tomato farms Agropecualios Tom SA de CV, Horticola SA de CV and its subsidiaries.

CBP has issued withholding orders to Agricultures, Horticola, and their subsidiaries, based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor for workers.

The Mexican Ministry of Labor said it requested the Ministry of Economy to work with the National Agricultural Council to open communication channels with businesses and conduct corresponding investigations.

“If a violation of labor rules is confirmed, a plan will be established to guarantee the protection of workers’ rights,” said the Ministry of Labor.

According to CBP’s order, “the tomato company has the right to appeal the decision to US customs authorities and provide evidence demonstrating compliance with labor regulations to lift sanctions,” the ministry added.

US President Joe Biden’s administration has stated that dealing with allegations of forced labor is a priority in trade relations with Mexico.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas said on Wednesday that the government “wanted to make it clear that products manufactured in whole or in part by forced labor would not be brought into the United States … removing it from the US supply chain.” Said.

According to the Biden administration, the International Labor Organization estimates that 25 million workers worldwide are suffering under forced labor conditions.

(Report by Anthony Esposito and Adriana Barrera, edited by Sandra Maler)



Mexico investigates allegations of forced labor at a tomato exporter

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