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Wal-Mart, Target dropping Mario Batali products

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will stop selling chef Mario Batali's food products and cookbooks following several allegations of sexual misconduct involving him, Business Insider reported Dec. 14.

This comes after a Dec. 11 report by Eater in which four women accused the chef of touching them inappropriately.

Wal-Mart said in a statement to Business Insider that the allegations against Batali were "unacceptable," adding: "We're ending our relationship with Batali and will discontinue our business with his brand."

Eater also reported Dec. 13 that Target Corp. was dropping Batali's products. The retailer, which had been the subject of a petition on the matter, removed the products from its website and was proceeding to pull them from store locations.

Batali's collection of retail products includes pastas, sauces and cookbooks.