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April 6th, 2012
06:17 PM ET

Choose your chocolate carefully

Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, you have probably noticed the Easter candy in your grocery store. It's the top season worldwide for chocolate purchases, according to Kraft Foods.

But there's something you should know before you buy a single bunny or Easter egg.

Some chocolate comes at a high human cost. Farms in Ivory Coast - the world's largest cocoa producer - are accused of exploiting more than 100-thousand children.

That is not supposed to be happening.

Back in 2001, the chocolate industry agreed to stamp out forced child labor from West Africa's cocoa farms. They signed what's called the Harkin-Engel protocol.

But the agreement's deadline has been pushed back multiple times. Now, the goal is to reduce the worst forms of child labor by 70-percent within the next eight years.

So how can you help? It can be as easy as checking the label on a chocolate bar. Find out more here.

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