Deerfield, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance has banned Aroy-D and Chaokoh coconut milk after the brands' supplier was implicated in PETA Asia's first-ever undercover investigation into the use of monkeys in Thailand's coconut industry.
According to Walgreens, the investigation revealed that monkeys are being chained, confined to cramped cages, and forced to climb trees and pick coconuts in Thailand to be used in products like coconut milk.
Additionally, Ahold Delhaize and its 2,000 U.S. store locations and distribution centers, including Giant Food, Food Lion, Stop & Shop, and Hannaford, as well as its 889 Albert Heijn stores in the Netherlands, have committed to not stocking or selling any coconut products sourced from suppliers that use monkey labor. Bed Bath & Beyond's Cost Plus World Market, which has 276 stores nationwide, as well as an online store, has also stopped buying coconut products from Chaokoh.
For more information and to take action, visit PETA.org.