By EMMA CLARK
Hundreds of food outlets at Olympic venues have been forced to take chips off the menu, because of
Hundreds of food outlets at Olympic venues have been forced to take chips off the menu, because of a demand from sponsor McDonald's.
Olympic chiefs have banned all 800 food retailers at the 40 Games venues across Britain from dishing up chips because of 'sponsorship obligations.'
The only loophole in the agreement, announced in a memo to staff, is that chips can be served with fish - safeguarding Britain's most famous dish.
But is seems the bosses have predicted an outrage about the decision, emphasising that the move was not backed by the food retailers.
The memo reads: 'Due to sponsorship obligations with McDonalds, Locog have instructed the catering team they are no longer allowed to serve chips on their own anywhere within the Olympic park.
Chips will only be allowed to be sold with fish, saving the British classic
'The only loophole to this is if it is served with fish.'
'Please understand this is not the decision of the staff serving up your meals, who given the choice would gladly give it you however they are not allowed to.
'This is being escalated through to the directors of L2012C and Locog and the IOC.
'Please do not give the staff grief; this will only lead to us removing fish and chips completely.
'Everyone has a right to work in a none abusive environment.'
Commercial partners Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Cadbury, Nature Valley and Heineken will be the only branded products sold at the games.
Steak and chips will also have to be crossed off the menu
The 800 food outlets will serve a mixture of international dishes and great British dishes, with the organising committee boasting that food outlets would 'celebrate the heritage and diversity of British regional products and recipes.'
But the chip ban mean visitors from all over the world will be stopped from enjoying firm British favourites, including sauage and chips, gammon, egg and chips, lasgane and chips, steak and chips and chicken and chips.
Visitors to the Olympic venues won't be able to tuck into British sausage and chips
Controversy already surrounded some of the sponsors of the Olympic Games, with organisers criticised for accepting deals with companies like McDonald's and Coca-Cola because they conflict with the 'Olympic ideal'.
Jenny Jones, a Green Party assembly member, said the Games have provided 'a glut of sponsored messages for high calorie food and drink that are at odds with the Olympian athletic ideal.’
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At 3,000 sq ft the building, next to the Olympic Stadium, is bigger than the current largest McDonald’s, in Moscow.
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