Jamie Oliver drops the term ‘Kaffir lime leaves’ in his recipes amid racist slur concerns

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Jamie Oliver, 46, has changed his recipes after dropping the term “Kaffir lime leaves”. This comes after concerns that the word has historically been used as a racial slur in South Africa.

Instead, the recipes will call these “lime leaves” in his recipes.

The change is also expected in Jamie’s future television appearances as well.

The ingredient comes from the citrus hystrix plant and is commonly found in Southeast Asia.

However, in South Africa, it is a racial slur used against black Africans.

Known as the K-word, the term was commonly used during apartheid.

The news Jamie was dropping the term came out earlier today and some of his recipes have already been updated.

Among those which have been altered include the online recipe for quick chicken laksa.

Other recipes are expected to be updated on the website as well.

A source close to the TV chef confirmed the move to Mail Online.

In a statement, they said: “I can confirm that we’re also making the change – to lime leaves – and won’t be using the term going forward.

“Historical recipe content will be reviewed accordingly.”

Express.co.uk has reached out to Jamie’s representative for a comment on the change.

This comes after several big brands have already done this and banned the use of the term.

Prolific supermarkets are among them, including Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Co-op.

Speaking about the news Helena Dennis, Waitrose grocery trading manager, explained the reasoning behind this.

She said: “This name change is a crucial step in recognising how important it is for us to listen to customers and educate ourselves when it comes to the language we use.

“While some of our customers may be unaware of the connotations of this particular word, it’s important to us that we avoid offending anyone who shops with us.

“It is changes like this that ensure we are moving forward.

The manager added: “We need industry-wide support on this, and encourage other retailers to do the same in order to make a difference on a widespread, national scale.”

The brand will be changing, re-labelling the ingredient to Makrut Lime Leaves.

This will be rolled out into shops later this year and into next year.

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