‘Quaker oats were packaged by slaves at the same Chinese prison where inmates are forced to wrap Tesco Christmas cards, it has been revealed.
The breakfast favourite has been placed into sachets and then bags with an English-language leaflet at Shanghai’s Qingpu prison, four prisoners released within the last year have said.
It comes a month after a six-year-old schoolgirl found a desperate plea for help from inmates at the same prison inside a pack of Tesco charity Christmas cards.
One California-based former prisoner told The Sunday Times that he came across several western brands inside the prison ‘but the one that made me really feel sick… was Quaker. I’ll never touch that brand again’.
A second prisoner freed last March after eight years in the prison told the publication: ‘There were two sorts of product, one with strawberry bits and one plain. Prisoners had to package ten sachets into transparent (bags) and slide in a one-page leaflet, which was in English’.
The forced workers were so hungry due to their appalling prison diets that they would often steal sachets to eat or to trade with others. ‘