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Jamie Oliver defends controversial £5m food deal with oil giant Shell

Mirror logo Mirror 15/01/2019 Tom Bryant
a smiling man in front of a building: The TV chef has launched Jamie Oliver deli by Shell© PA The TV chef has launched Jamie Oliver deli by Shell

Jamie Oliver has sparked fresh fury after trying to defend his £5million food-to-go deal with Shell.

The TV chef, 43, yesterday launched his range for the oil giant, despite campaigning for action on climate change.

He said he had “thought a lot” before agreeing to it, adding: “There are pitfalls working for any client, they all have their own baggage.”

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But campaigners hit out at his reasoning, which comes after Jamie told of a cash crisis at his company.

Shell, whose profits hit £4.3billion last year, is in the top 10 global carbon dioxide emitters. It is also involved in a corruption trial over dealings in Nigeria.

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TV naturalist Chris Packham said: “Until big petrochemical firms show a real commitment to develop renewable energy technology in a meaningful way, they wouldn’t be my choice of bedfellow.”

Ava Lee, of anti-corruption group Global Witness, said: “Jamie has earned trust over the last 20 years, that’s exactly why this partnership is so disappointing.

“Shell are on trial for bribery and corruption. Trust takes a long time to build and is quickly lost.

“It’s a shame Jamie is willing to burnish the oil giant’s reputation, while tarnishing his own.”

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Greenpeace urged Jamie to “dish out the truth on climate change” at “better places than a forecourt”.

We revealed the tie-up last month and told how it upset staff at Jamie’s HQ.

In 2015 he teamed up with the UN Environment Programme. He also ensured 2009 series Jamie’s American Road Trip was carbon neutral as he was “serious about climate change”. Shell denies corruption claims.

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