Jamie Oliver apologises to leading supermarket over chicken debate
In an open letter, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has
apologised to all members of staff at supermarket chain Sainsbury's. This
follows his criticism of the supermarket chain not participating in the debate
in his new show about the standards of battery bred chickens.
After Sainsbury's chief executive, Justin King and
Oliver exchanged a tense conversation, the letter was sent to 150,000 staff.
In a show, Jamie's Fowl Dinners talks about the appalling conditions in
which some chickens are reared. In an attack he criticised Sainsbury's for not
turning up for a public debate on chicken farming.
The supermarket has now stressed the quality of its poultry
in advertisting, which quotes Oliver and the RSPCA as well as writing to its 2
million Nectar loyalty card holders to reassure them of the quality of its
Sainsbury's has said that it has cooperated with the show
although it did not take participate in the debate.
"His independence of
mind and independence of spirit and preparedness to stand up and be vocal is
what makes him so valuable. When he says things about Sainsbury's people believe
it is what he really thinks. That is part of his power," said King.
However, he refused to say whether Oliver's contract will be renewed
when it runs out in the summer. "Ask me again in April," he added.
paid Â£1.2m a year to front Sainsbury's advertising campaigns and has been the
face of the grocer since 2000.
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