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Japan's ketchup king halts Xinjiang tomato imports

Kagome first major Japanese corporation to cut ties over Uyghur issue

Kagome sources less than 1% of all tomatoes from China's Xinjiang autonomous region.

NAGOYA, Japan -- Leading Japanese ketchup producer Kagome has stopped importing tomatoes from China's Xinjiang, Nikkei learned Tuesday, joining the growing ranks of Western brands that have ceased sourcing materials from the region over reported abuses against Uyghur Muslims.

Kagome halted import of Xinjiang-grown tomato paste used in some of its sauce products last year. Tomatoes that have already been imported will be used up by the end of this year.

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