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Shippers deny coconut milk rumour

Shippers deny coconut milk rumour

Official rebuts claim of monkey business

A file photo shows a macaque picking a coconut from a tree at the Khlong Noi School for Monkeys in Surat Thani’s Muang district. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The Commerce Ministry and food exporters brushed aside reports that Walmart, the giant US retailer, is dropping a Thai coconut milk brand on allegations of forced monkey labour, insisting such practices are a relic of the past.

Phusit Ratanakul Sereroengrit, director-general of the International Trade Promotion Department, said on Wednesday he already asked for information from Thai Trade Centers in the US, which have frequent contacts with…

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