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Thai seafood exporter strives to clean up its act

Western pressure forces Thai Union to change harsh labor practices

Thai Union's Pla Lung 1 in Samut Prakan Province, Thailand. The company refurbished the boat to make life on board better for workers.  (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

BANGKOK -- Thai Union Group, the world's biggest canned tuna supplier, is making strides toward improving the industry's labor practices in the face of Western pressure.

About a year has passed since Thai Union reached an agreement with international environmental group Greenpeace, which had called for a boycott of the company's products to protest its its fishing practices. Given the importance of overseas markets to Thai Union, the seafood processor is being compelled to address the concerns of nongovernmental groups, as well as the U.S. and European governments.

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