A German documentary has accused gummy bear manufacturer Haribo of using modern slave labour and animal cruelty to make its products, the New York Daily News reports.
According to VICE 'The Haribo Check' -- shown by German public broadcaster ADR -- alleged that the manufacturer was unknowingly dependent on modern-day slave labour workers and animals that are subjected to punishing conditions by the company it sources its ingredients from.
The documentary alleges that carnauba wax -- which is used to give the lollies like gummy bears a glossy sheen -- is being produced by some of the poorest workers in Brazil who are paid 40 Brazilian Real (A$16) a day and are often forced to sleep outside or in trucks.
According to Metro, the film claims that the working conditions on the carnauba plantations are so poor that Brazilian police occasionally carry out raids to free the workers.
The animals are shown living in putrid conditions with DW reporting that they are left with open sores and abscesses and in some cases among their own dead.
HuffPost has previously reported on the way in which gelatin, a protein obtained by boiling the skin, tendons, ligaments and/or bones from pigs (or cows), is made.