Foie gras is one of the most consumed products during the end of year celebrations. But beware, some blocks are swollen with water, according to a survey conducted by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF).
A privileged guest at festive tables, foie gras is in the sights of fraud prevention services. Revealed recently, the study was conducted in 2018 in 70 farms, convenience stores and cutting workshops. Conclusion: 31% of the establishments inspected presented anomalies. Among other things, for blocks of foie gras, too high a water content. The regulatory threshold of 10% authorized was in fact exceeded in 9 of the 21 canned foods checked.
To avoid deception, the producers all have the same advice: prefer whole foie gras to canned blocks, products that are more expensive but of better quality. In the profession, fraud in the manufacture of foie gras does not surprise many people. In recent years, the poultry industry had been marked by losses due to avian flu. A shortfall that some would try to recover, at all costs. In France, the production of foie gras remains both a very profitable and very competitive activity. Each year, France produces more than 18,000 tons.