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Target Is Pulling Mario Batali’s Products From Its Stores

The retailer will no longer carry his cookbooks or pasta sauce

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The fallout continues for Mario Batali following accusations of sexual misconduct: As companies including ABC and Eataly have quickly begun distancing themselves from the chef, Target has announced it’s pulling all of Batali’s products from its stores.

The retailer previously carried two different types of Batali’s pasta sauces in several hundred stores, as well as six cookbooks that were available on its website only, according to a spokesperson. All products have now been pulled from Target.com, and the company is in the process of removing the sauces from store shelves.

A petition launched earlier this week asking Target to stop carrying Batali’s products currently has more than 7,000 signatures.

It seems Batali’s brand of jarred pasta sauces won’t be long for this world: Zidian Group, which manufactures the sauces under the private label “Mario Batali,” released a statement today saying that it’s “working to transition [its] products away from the Batali brand.” In the meantime, CEO Tom Zidian says Batali has “agreed that he will forego any profits that he might receive from the sale of these products”; instead, they’ll be donated to a to-be-determined nonprofit organization “that empowers and advances women.”

Meanwhile, Batali’s pasta sauce is still available for purchase on Walmart.com. Walmart did not respond to a request for comment.

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