President and CEO of Thai Union Group, Thiraphong Chansiri gestures during an interview at his company offices in Bangkok, Thailand, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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The president of one of the world's biggest seafood exporters expressed frustration and promised change Tuesday after saying an Associated Press investigation that linked slave-peeled shrimp to his company should be a "wake-up call" to the industry.Thai Union and four other exporters that bought shrimp from the sheds sell to companies around the world.Thai Union said shrimp it purchased from the sheds AP tracked did not go to major U.S. companies, while declining to say where it went. In any case, according to U.S. and United Nations standards, if even a single piece of shrimp coming from a company is tied to forced labor, it taints the entire supply chain.U.S. customs records show the shrimp AP tracked made its way into the supply chains of major U.S. food stores and retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, Dollar General and Petco, along with restaurants such as Olive Garden.
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