Cadbury faces allegations that its chocolate comes from farms using child labor

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For most children in the UK, Easter eggs come from the Easter Bunny. But a new documentary reveals where our chocolate really comes from, with allegations of exploitation in the Cadbury supply chain.

A Channel 4 investigation claims that 10-year-old children in Ghana are harvesting cocoa beans for food industry giant Mondelēz International, which owns Cadbury.

Undercover footage in a Dispatches film released on Monday shows barefoot children, wearing shorts and T-shirts, using machetes to harvest cocoa pods and clear weeds, brandishing sharpened sticks to crack open the beans. Farmers are paid less than £2 a day, campaigners say, and say they cannot afford to employ adults.

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Anthony Barnett, journalist on the documentary, said: “Our investigation for the first time establishes a link between Cadbury and child labor and shows how the brand has misled consumers about the ethical nature of its chocolate.”

A spokesperson for Mondelēz International said: “We are deeply concerned about the incidents documented in the Dispatches program. We explicitly prohibit child labor in our operations and have worked tirelessly to take a stand against it.

About 500 million creme eggs are produced each year. Credit: Pixabay.

Mondelēz proudly proclaims its ethical credentials through its Cocoa Life program, an initiative to eliminate child labor in its supply chain, prevent deforestation and “empower communities”.

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