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Food firms urged to fight abuse

The country's major food companies should be held accountable for human rights abuses on farms,...

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The country's major food companies should be held accountable for human rights abuses on farms, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) said on Wednesday  

Fawu said almost a year had passed since a farmworkers’ summit saw several measures recommended to address living and working conditions on farms. But nothing much has changed.

The union's Gafieldien Benjamin said food companies make major profits and should fight the scourge.

“The food suppliers are not really taking responsibility for what’s happening to farm workers.

“The CEOs of these companies are earning astronomical amounts of money per annum.”

Agri SA's Annelize Crosby said they try their best to address abuses where they arise, but cannot play the role of an enforcement agency.

“It’s not only up to us. We have to have a partnership where government and other stakeholders each play their role," she said.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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