Haribo responds to allegations of slave labor in production of its gummies
Haribo has revealed it is investigating — after a TV report aired, alleging the company’s gummies are produced using slave labor.
A program called Markencheck on Germany’s ARD network focused on the sources of two ingredients in the candy.
One is the gelatin — which comes from a company called GELITA.
In footage captured by an animal rights group entering the farms overnight, the pigs are seen covered in excrement with open sores that were allegedly not being treated.
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The other ingredient is Carnauba wax — which makes the gummies look glossy.
However, the workers who collect the wax from carnauba palm trees in northeastern Brazil are paid what amounts to about 12 US dollars per day.
The documentary also alleges these workers have limited access to water and no access to toilets, among other issues.
A Haribo spokesperson told MUNCHIES the “…the conditions on the pig farms and the Brazilian plantations shown are insupportable.”
Adding that if urgent improvements are needed, the company, “will not rest” until they have been implemented.