U.S. Customs bans Malaysian glove maker Brightway over alleged labour abuses

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has placed an import ban on Malaysian glove manufacturer Brightway Group for suspected forced labour practices, it said in a statement Monday.

The agency issued a withhold release order, instructing U.S. ports of entry to detain disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by three companies in the group – Brightway Holdings, Laglove and Biopro – from Monday.

The action was taken based on “information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labour in that entity’s manufacturing operations,” it said.

Brightway was not immediately available for comment.

CBP said it identified 10 of the 11 International Labour Organization’s indicators of forced labor during its investigation into Brightway. (Reporting by Liz Lee Editing by Mark Potter)

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