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Foie gras sale ban ruled out

Government says it would break EC rules

A ban on the sale of foie gras in the UK has been ruled out by the government.

Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw said the production of foie gras by force feeding geese ‘gives rise to serious welfare concerns’.

But he said a unilateral ban on its import and sale would contravene European Community rules and was likely to result in the UK being brought before the European Court of Justice.


Foie gras is not produced in the UK. In a Commons written reply, Mr Bradshaw said: ‘Ultimately, the most effective action that can be taken is for individuals not to buy foie gras, if they dislike the way it is produced.’

Foie gras is made from the fatty livers of geese or ducks enlarged by force feeding.

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