Too much water in foie gras, according to a Fraud Repression investigation

Too much water in foie gras, according to a Fraud Repression investigation

An investigation by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF), conducted in 2018 and revealed only in December 2019, shows that several blocks of foie gras were inflated with water. Nearly seventy establishments were inspected (both farms and supermarkets or industrial establishments) and 31% of them had at least one anomaly.

The DGCCRF indicates that out of 21 blocks of duck or goose foie gras sampled, nine contained a quantity of water greater than the authorized limit of 10%. In addition, the investigation indicates that too many feather roots (sicots) were found in certain dishes based on duck confit.

Finally, five of the six products with the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) label analyzed proved to be non-compliant for compositional problems (excess of sicots for the confits and excess of water for the blocks of foie gras).

The DGCCRF investigators therefore drafted 12 warnings, six injunctions and four criminal litigation files which were sent to the public prosecutor’s office for, in particular, misleading commercial practices, deceptions on the farm origin or on the species. Species research analyzes carried out on samples of blocks of goose foie gras, whole goose foie gras and charcuterie products containing goose foie gras have in fact revealed a rate of anomalies of 15% (one of the samples contained less than 1% goose DNA).

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