Paula Deen Linked to Sweatshop Labor
Radar investigation uncovers unsafe conditions at factories
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2013 10:48 AM CST
In this image released by NBC, celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show in June.   (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

(Newser) – The latest bit of awful publicity for Paula Deen: Radar accuses the celebrity chef of partnering with companies that use sweatshop labor. An investigation by the gossip site finds that at factories making Deen-branded products, there have been deaths and life-threatening injuries, fires caused by unsafe conditions, and dismal salaries as low as $75 per month. One of the factories is located in a part of India where child labor is common, though there's no evidence the factory itself used child laborers. Click for much, much more.

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TomFlores
Nov 25, 2013 4:41 AM CST
I will say the people at Radar are just as guilty as Paula Deen did they investigate who made their cell phones and every supplier of parts to that company. What about the Clothes they wear did they do an investigation of that Company did that company make the clothes or were they subcontracted to a sweat shop? What about the raw materials used to make an item were they (Employees) being treated fairly. Was they person who pick the cotton paid a far wage, have good medical insurance and were they able to buy enough food for them & their families ? I can go on and on but it is the consumer who has the say in the matter. They demand cheaper prices but yet are shock to find out it is made by people who work in substandard conditions. You can blame corporate greed that that want to make money. Everyone does from the janitor who clean up after the employees to the CEO who has to answer to the board of directors who answers to the investors (Stock holders)!
slammer
Nov 23, 2013 6:23 PM CST
no big deal here they all do it. some know some do not! shame on those who know!
Norman Johnson
Nov 23, 2013 2:59 PM CST
Sweatshops are nasty.Should be outlawed.Wage slavery is what keeps Walmart products cheap.