Did Tesco sell forced-labour-made Christmas cards?

Over Christmas it was reported that a six year old girl found a message in a packet of Tesco charity Christmas cards claiming that they were made by Chinese prisoners. Tesco is investigating the matter.

Cards supplied by a Chinese printing firm contained a message saying: “We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China. Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organisation.”


After hearing and seeing the message, Tesco released a statement saying that it was ‘shocked by the allegations’ and that it had suspended supply from the factory where the cards were made, withdrew the cards from sale and launched an investigation into the matter.

A statement from Tesco said: “We abhor the use of prison labour and would never allow it in our supply chain.

“We have a comprehensive auditing system in place and this supplier was independently audited as recently as last month and no evidence was found to suggest they had broken our rule banning the use of prison labour.

“If a supplier breaches these rules, we will immediately and permanently de-list them.”

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