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Superdrug pulls Katie Price perfume

Katie Price
Image caption Katie Price also has a range of bedding, books and clothing

Reality TV star Katie Price's perfume has been pulled from Superdrug's shelves because of "ethical" reasons.

It follows a report in The Observer newspaper claiming Indian workers making the bottles were paid less than the minimum wage.

A spokeswoman for the high street shop said that because of their "robust ethical trading policy" it had been decided to remove the fragrances.

Price's spokesperson said production has now been moved to the UK.

Sunday's Observer claimed that workers at a factory in India are paid 26p an hour to make perfume bottles for Price's Stunning and Besotted fragrances.

A Superdrug spokeswoman said: "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."

In a statement, Price's spokesperson said: "Following a press report about the production of Katie Price's 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, its packaging, filling and finishing has been moved from India to the UK and France.

"We would like to reiterate as always that all products manufactured for Katie Price, or third parties working on behalf of Katie Price, have a checking policy that ensures health, safety and ethical trading guidelines are met and in most cases are exceeded.

"We are investigating if and how this has occurred in these circumstances."

Price - otherwise known as Jordan - has a number of branded products including a line of bedding, a series of books and an equestrian clothing range.

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