Blocks of foie gras soaked in water: this is revealed by an investigation carried out by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF). Out of 70 establishments inspected, almost a third do not comply with the regulations.
It is one of the most popular foods for the end of the year celebrations: yet foie gras seems to hide a few secrets. An investigation by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) reveals that some blocks of foie gras are inflated with water. Out of 21 products checked, 9 contained a quantity of water greater than the authorized limit, a threshold set at 10% of the total volume.
The Fraud Repression services checked nearly 70 establishments: farms, mini-markets, but also industrial producers. A third of them presented an anomaly. Among the breaches of the legislation, the investigators point to problems in the composition of certain duck products and labeling anomalies. Misleading commercial practices, even on products sold under the “protected geographical indication” label. No name or brand has been openly implicated, but four cases are in the hands of justice.