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Katie Price's perfumes off shelves over Indian workers' wages

world Updated: Jun 16, 2010 21:40 IST

Reality TV star Katie Price's perfumes have been removed from the shelves here following allegations that Indian workers involved in making the bottles were not even paid minimum wages.

An investigative report indicated that Indian workers at a factory in Gujarat were paid 2.05 pounds a day to make perfume bottles for Price's 'Stunning' and 'Besotted' fragrances whereas they should have earned at least 2.25 pounds a day.

"As a business, we have a robust ethical trading policy so that our customers can be confident that they are buying products that are made in an ethical way. Therefore, we have taken the decision to remove Katie Price's fragrances from our shelves at this time while we conduct an investigation," a spokeswoman for Superdrugs, UK's second largest health and beauty retailer, said.

On the other hand, Price's spokesperson said production has now been moved to the UK.

"Following a press report about the production of Katie Price perfume bottles by the Pragati Glass Company, we can confirm that this factory in India is no longer used as a source of component. The production of the bottle, packaging, filling and finishing has been moved from India to the UK and France," the spokesperson said in a statement.