Apparently, her multi-million-dollar empire of cooking products has relied on super-cheap overseas labor, and its shoddy safety standards have resulted in “sudden” deaths on the factory floor and “raging fires,” Radar Online reports.
In parts of India where her products are manufactured, workers are paid $75 per month. And a facility where her company’s candles are made is home to what Indian news outlets call a “child labor market,” although those accusations have not been substantiated.
In the U.S., Deen previously was associated with Smithfield Foods before it dumped her for her N-word controversy, but the pork company has had it own share of negative press for harsh working conditions.
“Deen [has an] extensive history of partnering with companies that can make her rich,” says Radar, “no matter the cost to their workers.”