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chickensBusiness Report writes that the SA Poultry Association (Sapa) has voiced concern about reports of forced labour and inhuman conditions in Brazil's meat and poultry industries.  

Brazil is the world's largest exporter of chicken and is the main source of chicken imports to SA.  The Washington-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade and Policy recently said that slave labour in Brazil's poultry sector was “endemic” and called for improved working conditions, labour rights and the implementation of employment contracts.  Sapa’s Charlotte Nkuna said on Wednesday that they would ask the government to seek an urgent comment from the Brazilian government about the allegations.  “Thousands of South African workers have lost their jobs because of dumped chicken imports from countries, including Brazil, which has now been exposed as a country where workers are subject to degrading working conditions and forced labour,” Nkuna stated.  She said the government should implement an inspection requirement urgently, while Sapa would raise its concerns about reports of slave labour conditions with the International Poultry Council.  SA and Brazil are members of the council.  The SA poultry industry has blamed imports for local job losses and has accused the EU and other regions of dumping.

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