Foie Gras

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Foie gras is a food product made from the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened - by French law this is done through the force-feeing of corn known as gavage.

It is a popular delicacy in France, where is it produced and consumed more than any other country in the world.

Controversy surrounds gavage-based foie gras and its production and sale are banned by law in several countries around the world including Germany, Italy, Argentina and Israel as well as in California.

Five European countires produce foie gras including: Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, France and Hungary.

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Michael Mansfield lambasts Fortnum's over foie gras

7th June 2013

Michael Mansfield QC, the prominent human rights lawyer, has passionately condemned Fortnum & Mason for continuing to stock foie gras.

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Fortnum's threatens legal action over undercover foie gras film

2nd October 2012

Fortnum & Mason has said graphic undercover footage filmed at foie gras farms in France does not come from its suppliers – and it has threatened legal action against animal rights group PETA.

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French merchants boycott Californian wine in outrage at foie gras ban

9th July 2012

Wine merchants in Gascony in southwest France are taking Californian wines off the shelves in retaliation to the foie gras ban.

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California bans foie gras; Europe fights on

27th June 2012

As California’s foie gras ban finally comes into force on 1 July, European opponents of the delicacy face an uphill battle to persuade the public against it.

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California chefs consider foie gras ban challenge

23rd October 2011

Opponents of California's ban on foie gras - which comes into effect next year - are looking to challenge it as a violation of the US Constitution.

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Blog: matching foie gras with Champagne, Jurancon, and more...

18th November 2009

Decanter's Lucy Shaw has been out matching foie gras and wine: Henriot Brut, Jurancon, Qupe Chardonnay and others. She discovers there IS a match made in heaven - and others that are nearly as good

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Is foie gras worth it?

12th June 2008

FIONA BECKETT finds out just what happens to a foie gras duck in order to produce this controversial delicacy
Decanter magazine May 2008

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‘I won’t give up foie gras’, star chef Novelli vows

1st April 2008

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will carry on serving foie gras in his restaurants despite the flood of negative publicity around the divisive delicacy.

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Michelin restaurant drops foie gras after protest vandalism

21st February 2008

A Michelin-starred restaurant has been forced to remove foie gras from its menu following violent protests by animal rights activists.

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The 25 Best Ever Matches

29th June 2007

Over the years, Fiona Beckett has found a match for pretty much every food or wine imaginable. Here are her all-time favourite pairings

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Foie gras ban imminent in California

28th September 2004

Foie gras is set to be outlawed in California as a raft of A-list stars urge the state governor to ban the delicacy.

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