Billy Franks

Ocado stocks 'blasphemous' beef jerky

Mon 22 Jan 2018
By Alex Williams

Ocado has been accused of stocking a packet of beef jerky which uses "blasphemous" and "gratuitously offensive language" about Jesus.

The world's largest dedicated online grocers has been urged by Christian campaigners to "think again" about whether to stock packs of 'Christ on a Bike' spicy dried meat.


Ciarán Kelly, deputy director at the Christian Institute, said: "Ocado says it has over half a million active customers, and I'm sure many of them would see this product as pretty despicable.


"Jesus Christ is the very heart of the Christian faith - He is the Son of God and the only perfect human being to have ever lived.

"Using his name in such a blasphemous, throw-away fashion is hurtful and saddening."


Responding to a number of complaints made on Twitter, Ocado said it had noted concern about the beef jerky but had no plans to stop stocking it.

The retailer said: "As an online retailer, we stock products from a variety of brands, and we will continue to sell these products for those who wish to purchase them.


"We appreciate your comments regarding this jerky and have passed these on to the relevant Buying team."

Premier has approached Ocado for a comment - as well as the makers of the 'Christ on a bike' beef jerky, the Billy Franks company.


Separate controversies have affected other British retailers in recent months, namely, Lidl, Domino's, Greggs and Fortnum & Mason.

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