Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged ‘forced’ labour’ to make Christmas cards

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Tesco has halted production at a factory in China alleged to have used ‘forced’ labour to make charity Christmas cards.

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It was reported that a six-year-old schoolgirl from south London found a message from Shanghai prisoners hidden in a box of cards she opened to distribute to friends.

“Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organisation,” the message said.

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Tesco said it was “shocked” by the report, adding: “We would never allow prison labour in our supply chain.”

The supermarket said it would de-list the supplier of the cards, Zheijiang Yunguang Printing, if it was found to have used prison labour.

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Tesco donates £300,000 (€352,000) each year from the sale of the cards to the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK.

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