The European Federation of Foie Gras attaches great importance to offering to European consumers and restaurateurs the quality expected from the exceptional delicacy that is foie gras, a European cultural and gastronomic heritage.
The current definition of foie gras, as laid down by the European Regulation No 543/2008 allows consumers to make informed choices and not to be misled. Indeed foie gras that does not meet the current conditions set in the regulation (Article 1, point 3) cannot be traded on the European market:
“The livers of geese, or of ducks of the species Cairina
muschata or Cairina muschata x Anas platyrhynchos which
have been fed in such a way as to produce hepatic fatty
The birds from which such livers are removed shall have
been completely bled, and the livers shall be of a uniform
The livers shall be of the following weight:
— duck livers shall weigh at least 300 g net,
— goose livers shall weigh at least 400 g net.”
Paragraph 5 of the recitals gives the justification for this definition: “the high value and consequent risk of fraudulent practices make it necessary to lay down especially precise minimum marketing standards.”
The European foie gras sector defends with vigor and conviction the maintenance of the foie gras definition in all its components for several reasons:
Regarding the presence on the market for many years of other products from palmipeds, Euro Foie Gras argues that it would be misleading for the consumer to make them believe that a product other than foie gras could have the same intrinsic characteristics. They are simply different products.
Moreover, the European production of foie gras is legal, strictly regulated and controlled, as repeatedly stated by Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. In addition, breeders must comply with the European legislation on the protection of farm animals, one of the most severe legislations in the world.
Euro Foie Gras wants to assure European consumers and restaurateurs that the product they are buying is indeed foie gras and not a different and therefore misleading product.