The end of the year 2018 brings hope for the French interprofession of foie gras (CIFOG). Constrained to reduce its production in 2016 and 2017 due to avian epizootics, the sector found in 2018 a level of production close to that of 2015 with 16,360 tons produced since January, against 10,950 last year at the same time.
Already helped by a flourishing month of December 2017, the sector has put in place sanitary measures to consolidate the sustainability of production such as:
• Serological testing of fat palmipeds every year in March and July;
• Registration of animal movements and the creation of a national alert system in case of detection of avian influenza;
• Strengthening of regulations on the transport of animals.
For Michel Fruchet, president of CIFOG, it is with a "spirit of conquest" that the sector is approaching the holiday season, which can count on a massive demand from the French (93% say they eat foie gras). He also wants to reassure them : "Despite all these investments (...), the price of foie gras will not increase this year for the consumer".
The year 2018 will also see the first "national foie gras week", which will take place from December 3rd to 9th. During this week, specific menus based on foie gras or magret will be concocted in hundreds of restaurants in France while the youngest will have the opportunity to learn how to make recipes during the "children" workshops that will be held in several cities of France.> Back to the frontpage