Top chef Gordon Ramsay has severed links with the French firm that supplies foie gras to his restaurants after an investigation by the Daily Mirror revealed that ducks used to make the product suffer horrific abuse before being killed.
The newspaper has obtained footage from five farms run by French firm Ernest Soulard in the Vendee region, showing ducks squashed into tiny cages, covered with sores and in pain from broken wings and beaks.
The animal rights group Viva! described the treatment the animals were subjected to as "torture".
A spokesperson for Gordon Ramsay said: "We have only just been made aware of these allegations but as a precaution have suspended purchasing from this supplier while we investigate further.”
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will have to watch his words when he voices a character in Disney's animated series Phineas And Ferb.
The potty-mouthed Scottish star of Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares is set to lend his voice to a cook called Chef in an upcoming episode of the show alongside Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn.
Ramsay, 46, proves he has a sense of humour as he takes the mickey out of himself in the October 18 episode titled Thanks But No Thanks, when Chef decides to fire one of his employees.
He is the latest British celebrity to voice a character in the Emmy-winning and Bafta-nominated comedy series, with previous stars including David Beckham, Damian Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Simon Pegg, David Mitchell and Gary Lineker.
A spokesperson for Gordon Ramsay says the celebrity chef was released from hospital in the early hours of this morning.
Mr Ramsay sustained an injury following a tough Teddy Sheringham tackle during last night's Soccer Aid charity match.
The spokesperson said:
“Gordon was taken to hospital after injuring his back during the game.
"He was released after receiving treatment and although he’s in pain today, there shouldn’t be any long term damage.
"He would like to thank the medical team at the ground and the hospital for the excellent care he received.”
Gordon Ramsay will be putting his famous staying power to the test at the London Marathon today. He is among a host of celebrities taking part, including singer Will Young and ex-model Nell McAndrew.