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From the US Department of Labor:
Note from director of SFC. The following in the DOL description of EO 13126 which state that the federal government won't purchase goods tied to child labor and slavery. Cocoa is listed but the federal government doesn't buy cocoa it buys it's derivative product chocolate. If EO 13126 would include "Cocoa and it's derivative products" it would mean that Hershey's, Nestle etc. wouldn't be able to sell to those that purchase chocolate for the federal government: The DOL states: "Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor," was signed on June 12, 1999. The Executive Order is intended to ensure that U.S. federal agencies do not procure goods made by forced or indentured child labor. It requires the Department of Labor, in consultation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, to publish and maintain a list of products, by country of origin, which the three Departments have a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced, or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. Under the procurement regulations implementing the Executive Order, federal contractors who supply products on a list published by the Department of Labor must certify that they have made a good faith effort to determine whether forced or indentured child labor was used to produce the items listed.
From the United Nations:
Worst forms of Child Labor ILO Convention 182: The International Labor Organization is an agency of the United Nations that deals with labor issues. Convention 182 concerns the worst forms of child labor. Basically, it is normal for a child to work on a farm in developing countries. These children, though must have access to education and be in school a set number of hours a day, they need to have access to medical care and should not have to work with dangerous equipment and chemicals and lift heavy equipment. A child is at risk for falling under the Worst Forms of Child Labor when they don't have a school to attend, a clinic when they are sick or injured and are working in unsafe conditions. Both Ghana and Côte D' Ivôire have signed this agreement.