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This chocolate bar says it's 100% slave-free

Published 9:53 AM ET, Thu June 1, 2017
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Dutch chocolate brand Tony's Chocolonely claims to be made without slave labor. Marieke van der Velden/Tony's Chocolonely
Chocolate is a huge global industry, but cocoa beans, which are used to make chocolate, are grown by some of the poorest people on the planet, in plantations that can hide the worst forms of child labor. Marieke van der Velden/Tony's Chocolonely
A 2015 report found that more than two million children were working in "hazardous" conditions in the cocoa industry in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Marieke van der Velden/Tony's Chocolonely
Tony's Chocolonely says it traces its cocoa all the way from the beans bought from its farm cooperatives in West Africa to the finished product. Marieke van der Velden/Tony's Chocolonely
Although It is Fair Trade certified, Tony's says that certification alone is not enough. It maintains that traceability is the key to achieving completely slave-free chocolate. Marieke van der Velden
Tony's cocoa comes from Ghana and Ivory Coast, sourced from a number of cooperatives. Pictured, a Tony's Chocolonely warehouse in Ghana. Marieke van der Velden/Tony's Chocolonely
"We only work with 7,000 farmers. We are a tiny company," says Tony's Chocolonely's chief chocolate officer Henk Jan Beltman. "But if we can do it then the big guys can do it as well." Marieke van der Velden