The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has issued an order to detain products made by subsidiaries of the world’s largest medical glove maker over suspected labour concerns.
The agency listed disposable gloves made by two companies, Top Glove Sdn Bhd and TG Medical Sdn Bhd, as subject to detention orders on its website.
Both the companies are owned by Malaysia’s Top Glove, which confirmed the detention order and said it may be related to foreign labour issues.
Top Glove said it was in contact with US authorities and hoped to resolve the issue within two weeks.
The decision comes at a time when demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Top Glove, which can produce more than 70 billion gloves a year, has been accused of exploiting its employees, with reports of poor conditions and low pay.
A recent investigation by Channel 4 News reported on claims by staff at the company’s factories, including migrant workers being paid as little as £1.08 ($1.36) an hour.