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outcry and pressure on the cocoa industry.
The United States chocolate industry acknowledged that their cocoa supply is indeed tainted by these abusive labor conditions. They pledged in 2001 to take "immediate action" to bring this problem to an end, according to the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State.
Today, however, cocoa remains a bitter crop. New evidence reveals that child and forced labor and trafficking is continuing in the cocoa industry, according to the US Department of Labor.
Fair Trade companies are paving the way for ethical chocolate with standards that require compliance with international and domestic labor laws, including the prohibition of child or forced labor, cocoa prices that are adequate to enable farmers to start to escape poverty, and environmental sustainability.