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Was your fridge made with forced labour? These Canadian companies are importing goods from Chinese factories accused of serious human rights abuses

When the MSC Vega docked at the Port of Los Angeles on Nov. 12, among the thousands of shipping containers on board were more than 136 tonnes of cargo destined for The Brick, one of Canada’s largest furniture and appliance outlets.

The 31 containers in that shipment held fridges sold under The Brick’s Brada label and made by Changhong Meiling — a Chinese company on a U.S. sanctions list for allegedly using forced labour from China’s Uighur population.

It was one of nearly 400 shipments since 2018 from Chinese manufacturers accused of serious human rights violations to Canadian businesses, a joint investigation by the Toronto Star and Guelph Mercury Tribune has found.

Using international shipping records, the joint investigation tracked a range of these Chinese companies’ products flowing into Canada: kitchen appliances shipped to retailers such as Best Buy, Home Depot and Costco, as well as train and bus components