The Miami chef behind the viral Pink Sauce is speaking out against the overwhelming backlash on social media surrounding her creation.
According to Vice, Chef Pii said she’s been accused of “poisoning a nation” for a “mistake that I didn’t even make.”
The self-proclaimed “Pink Sauce Lady” is under fire after consumers have complained about the hot pink product she sells for $20 per bottle.
“I’ve been to therapy, thank God, I’ve practiced healthy mental exercises, however, now it’s affecting my children—I’m not tolerating it anymore,” she told Vice. “I know I’m not doing anything wrong behind closed doors. They can’t bully me.”
Since the sauce’s debut in early June, Chef Pii has had to defend her product against criticism regarding the inconsistency of the sauce coloring across different bottles and errors on the product’s nutritional label as well as its perishability and protection via ground shipping.
The series of videos attracted millions of views on TikTok. She explained that she got the sauce’s color from red dragon fruit; it is recommended to pair with foods like chicken tenders, burgers, burritos and salads. But the bottles did not feature a nutritional label at first, which sparked concerns about the food’s safety.
Controversy surrounding safety protocols came after Chef Pii posted a video of her distributing the pink sauce into containers out of her home kitchen. But she claims that her product is made in a commercial facility that is certified by the FDA.
“I’m a normal human being, and I woke up to a million insults,” she told the Washington Post. “The world is really curious about my creation. And they’re being malicious.”
On Tuesday, the 29-year-old took her frustrations on YouTube live and said she was working with a laboratory and the FDA to ensure that her product is safe.
“The F, f’ing, DA, federal, came to my business yesterday. I am 100% compliant, I’m abiding with the FDA,” Chef Pii said. “I’m not in trouble. I’m not going to jail,” she said. “Nobody can accuse the Pink Sauce of anything going forward.”
One Tiktok user, who claimed he never even tried Chef Pii’s Pink Sauce, apparently faked his own death and attributed it to the sauce.
He later issued an apology via social media, saying:
“I want to say to Chef Pii, sorry if this scared you at all, or impacted your business in any way,” he says in the video. “This was meant to be a full social experiment to see how quickly other people could spread misinformation.”
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Chef Pii doesn’t buy it all.
“Someone literally lied about dying,” Pii said, per Vice. “And he called it a social experiment and smirked while he apologized. The apology wasn’t genuine. Not only did it affect my business, but my children had seen that video before I saw that. So, I had to come home to my child thinking that I had killed somebody. I’m like, ‘What?'”
She added: “I know the whole purpose and why I’m doing this, I have real supporters. So the good comes with the bad and I choose the good over the bad,” she said. “Pink Sauce ain’t going nowhere.”