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PETA said Costco Wholesale Club is the newest retailer, saying it does not stock coconut milk that uses monkey-picked coconuts.

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The supermarket chain headquartered in Rochester, New York has confirmed to USA Today that Wegmans is the latest retailer to launch Chakoh coconut milk.

The grocery store is followed closely by Costco, Walgreens, Food Lion, Giant Food and Stop & Shop. The latter also stopped buying coconut milk brands from Thai suppliers. These people have been accused by the Animal Ethical Therapy Association (PETA) of using monkeys. Forced labor.

Company spokesperson Deana Percassi said in a brief statement to USA Today: “The products in question are no longer sold at Wegmans.”

Since the investigation into the alleged exploitation of animals began in 2019, PETA has been urging stores to stop selling coconut milk, which is said to be made from coconuts harvested by monkeys.

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Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, said in a press release: “The milk in coconuts picked by chain monkeys is no more on the grocery store shelf than those chain monkeys.” “Wegmans heard it. PETA’s message, now PETA is calling on Wal-Mart, Target and thousands of other stores that refuse to use forced labor products to join.”

Both Target and Kroger recently told USA Today that they are investigating the matter.

The retailer said in a statement in “USA Today”: “Kroger has long been committed to responsible business practices, including the humane treatment of animals. We have renewed discussions with our suppliers and other stakeholders on this issue. Interact and confirm that they are also protecting animal welfare.”

Kroger is the largest grocery chain in the United States.

Target said in a statement to USA Today on Friday: “We believe in the humane treatment of animals and hope that those who do business with us will do the same.” “We are investigating Chaokoh’s practices and will follow suit. This is the next step.”

Thailand’s Chaco coconut milk producer Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd recently told USA Today that the company has used a third party to audit coconut plantations and shared a 14-page “Monkey-Free Coconut Due Diligence” Evaluation”. The report stated that 64 out of 817 farms were randomly selected and “no monkeys were used for coconut harvesting”.

The company said: “Following the latest news about the use of “monkey labor” in the coconut industry in Thailand, Chao Gao, one of the world’s leading coconut milk producers, once again assured that we will not use monkey labor in coconut plantations. It stated in a statement. , Its supplier has signed a memorandum of understanding, believing that there is no monkey labor on its farm.

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