Monday, May 24, 2010

BDS: Coop and Nordiconad Supermarket Chains in Italy Suspend Sales of Products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories

An important success for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid

Following lobbying efforts by the Italian Coalition against Carmel-Agrexco, two major Italian supermarket chains, COOP and Nordiconad, announced the suspension of sales of products from Agrexco, the principal exporter of produce from Israel and the illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Nordiconad Director Mr. Covili announced that as of the end of April, Agrexco products will no longer be found in their supermarkets. Nordiconad is a cooperative responsible for central purchasing and distribution operations for CONAD in northern Italy. COOP Italia, via quality assurance Director Mr. Zucchi, instead confirmed that there is a problem with traceability, namely that the consumer is unable to verify whether or not the product in question comes from the occupied territories. Therefore COOP Italia has decided to "suspend the supply of products from the occupied territories."

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