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MP warns against buying cheap food for risk of slavery

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Have you ever wondered why some food outlets can drastically undercut the cost of food compared to others?

Labour MP, Kerry McCarthy explains why we should be concerned and open our eyes to one reason being labour exploitation.

“We can’t be complacent about where our food comes from. As we have learned to do with cheap clothes – to a certain extent – we need to question the cost and origin,” she said.

“Cheap food comes at a cost – that it’s often cheap because workers are being underpaid, overworked, trafficked or enslaved,” she said.

“The food sector is one of the worst culprits when it comes to modern slavery and other forms of exploitation.

“Cheap food is not the answer to food poverty.”

A former shadow food and environment secretary, McCarthy called on the government to do more to ensure supermarkets complied with current law.