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Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the nation’s largest natural foods retail cooperative, announced that it has become "the first U.S. grocer to sell only chocolate made from ethically sourced cocoa ... PCC will sell housemade bakery items, chocolate bars, candy, cocoa powders, and baking chocolate only from vendors that provide assurance that child slave labor is prohibited and follow International Labor Organization (ILO) Fundamental Conventions. These include strict prohibitions against child slave labor, as well as provisions about age, working conditions and fair wages for all workers. Restrictions against child labor and fair treatment of workers are defining tenets of the 'fair trade' movement."

According to the announcement, "PCC required its chocolate vendors to fill out questionnaires and sign affidavits ensuring their chocolate adheres to the new standard. PCC discontinued the few brands that did not comply. Now, all chocolate sold at PCC is fairly traded. All brands are certified either by an independent third party, or signed PCC’s affidavit ensuring they meet the standard."
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