After Eater NY broke the news that Mario Batali has stepped away from his restaurant group as the result of allegations of sexual misconduct, the fallout has been swift. ABC, the network that airs Batali as a co-host on The Chew, has asked the chef to step away from the show while they review the allegations. The Food Network has halted plans to bring back Molto Mario, the show that launched Batali to stardom. Now his collaboration with Belcampo Meats has ended as well, according to CEO Anya Fernald’s statement to Eater, below:
We are disappointed by the recent allegations against Mario Batali and have suspended our business relationship with him and removed all products from our stores, effective immediately.
The partnership, Belcampo by Batali, produced three flavors of cured meat — spicy pepperoni, traditional salami and cotechino — made using free-range, non-GMO fed heritage pork from Belcampo Farms. The collaboration hit shelves in 2015, leveraging Batali’s international star power to highlight Belcampo’s sustainable, humanely-raised meats.
Batali’s products have already removed from the company’s website, and the shelves of its seven locations throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles.