Katie Price’s perfumes axed over ‘slave labour’ wages

It has emeged Indian workers making Katie Price's perfumes were paid well below minimum wage

Superdrug has ceased selling Katie Price’s signature perfumes, as it emerged that Indian workers earning well-below minimum wage were employed to bottle the £19.99 scents.

An investigation by The Guardian revealed that the factory in which Price’s fragrances, Besotted and Stunning, were being made was paying its 7,000 staff just £2.05 a day, amounting to just 26p an hour.

The paper reports that the wage of 114 rupees a day was barely enough to cover food costs. The factory in Kosamba in the state of Gujarat, also bottles perfumes for Umbro, and made Jade Goody’s perfumes, too.

A spokesperson for Price told The Guardian: ‘The manufacturers of Katie’s perfumes insist that at least the minimum ethical trading policies are met and in many cases they are exceeded.

‘They take the report of the minimum wage not being met very seriously and will take it upon themselves to investigate these reports further.’

A new factory is now being sought to make the former glamour model’s scents, although Superdrug has confirmed that all bottles will be removed from its shelves in accordance with its ethical policies.

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