US halts tobacco imports from Malawi

The US has placed restrictions on tobacco imports from Malawi following reports of child labour on tobacco plantations. The import freeze follows an announcement by lawyers of a class action lawsuit on behalf of 2,000 Malawian farmers (many of whom are children) against British American Tobacco (BAT) concerning forced labour and poverty wages. BAT has denied any wrongdoing, stating that it requires all international tobacco dealers to adhere to a code of conduct that does not tolerate child or forced labour.