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Wegmans joins Costco in dropping coconut milk after monkey abuse complaints
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Grocery chain Wegmans has joined its rivals in dropping coconut milk produced by major Thailand-based manufacturer Chaokoh following claims that the company was employing forced animal labor, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said.
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Wegmans, Costco and retailers including Walgreens, Food Lion and Stop & Shop have nixed the product despite Theppadungporn Coconut Co., Ltd., the manufacturer and distributor, dismissing such claims in July.
COSTCO DROPS COCONUT MILK BRAND FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS OF FORCED MONKEY LABOR, PETA SAYS
The push to do so came from PETA officials who said an undercover investigation revealed the use of captive monkeys kept chained and caged in Thailand's coconut-picking industry.
PETA claimed that investigators "found cruelty to monkeys on every farm, at every monkey-training facility, and in every coconut-picking contest that used monkey labor."