Euro Foie Gras’ General Assembly for the first time by video-conference
This year, the meeting circumstances for the General Assembly (GA) of Euro Foie Gras are very special. Although European countries are slowly starting to ease the quarantine measures, it is still too early to gather and travel. The GA will therefore be held virtually on Wednesday, May 27th in order to respect the sanitary measures put in place to fight against the coronavirus.
This GA is taking place in a difficult climate for the agricultural sector, and in particular for foie gras, which has seen its sales decrease during this period of quarantine due in particular to the closure of restaurants. It is therefore essential to bring together the various national representatives to work together to revive the sector.
The GA will also provide an opportunity to discuss other subjects of great importance such as market prospects and priorities for the second semester.
Interpalm launches a promotional campaign for foie gras
In times of quarantine, the internet allows us to keep in touch with our beloved ones, but also to keep up to date with current events. Interpalm, the Spanish interprofessional association of fat palmipeds, has used this time of quarantine to launch its #FoieGrasEspañol campaign of promotion of foie gras, a sector hard hit by the coronavirus crisis. In addition to a new website, Interpalm is also launching a contest to win foie gras or other duck products (more details below).
A new website: elfoiegras.es
Interpalm’s new website is online! It gathers information about Spanish production, foie gras and its by-products. This site also offers recipes and tips to cook this tasty dish in different ways. Indeed, foie gras can be easily preserved in jars or vacuum packed, and is therefore an ideal product to bring conviviality in these times of quarantine. In addition, consumers can find the contacts of Spanish producers in order to buy their products.
Earn 250 euros in duck products
An Instagram contest launched by Interpalm can allow you to win Spanish duck products for a value of 250 euros!
How to participate?
1) Follow the account @todoelfoiegras on Instagram
2) Like the contest’s publication
3) Post a picture or video of your foie gras and/or derived products-based dish, as well as a description of the recipe, mention @todoelfoiegras as well as a person with whom you would like to share your dish with.
The winner will receive a batch of foie gras and Spanish products derived from the duck worth 250 euros, to be used to cook tasty recipes at home. You can participate several times until 4 May. Good luck, and be creative!
Two hashtags: # FoieGrasEspañol and #DescubreElFoieGrasEnCasa
Producers of foie gras and their by-products are currently unable to supply restaurants, causing a significant drop in their sales. Do not hesitate to support them by consuming their products. By using the hashtag # FoieGrasEspañol or #DescubreElFoieGrasEnCasa to share your recipes, tips, or simply your love of the products, we will be able to relay your messages.
Coronavirus: call for extension of private storage aid to the poultry sector
As the current crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic hits the fat palmipeds sector hard, Euro Foie Gras calls on the European Commission to use a derogation to allow private storage aid for the poultry sector. Euro Foie Gras invites also consumers to support the sector by purchasing the various proposition of products: foies gras, magrets, confits… which will bring comfort and diversity during the quarantine.
In order to alleviate the losses for the various actors in the foie gras sector as well as food waste, we call on the European Commission to extend private storage aid to the poultry sector. “Faced with an unprecedented situation, I urge the European Commission to take exceptional measures,” said Christophe Barrailh, President of Euro Foie Gras. Poultry is currently not among the sectors that can benefit from private storage aid under the provisions of the EU Regulation 1308/2013. Euro Foie Gras is therefore asking the European Commission to use a derogation that would allow this crisis management tool to be opened up to poultry.
Contribution to the Roadmap on the Farm to Fork Strategy
The European Federation of Foie Gras – Euro Foie Gras – welcomes the willingness of the European Commission to address the issue of food sustainability in a holistic way by “designing a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system” under the Green Deal.
All the actors of the Federation, which brings together the different stages of the food chain in the five European producing countries , are committed to food quality, animal health and welfare, environmental sustainability and good information to consumers while ensuring a decent revenue to the breeders and contributing to the life of rural areas.
Euro Foie Gras looks forward to working with the European Commission on the Strategy as well as on the various texts that will stem from it.
The goose under the spotlight in Périgord
The goose was celebrated on the weekend of 7th and 8th March 2020 at the Sarlat Fest’Oie, in the Périgord (France). This event takes place every year since 2009 in the small village of Sarlat. The Sarlat Fest’Oie aims to showcase this exceptional local product, and to promote all stages of production in the sector.
During the numerous activities, visitors visited goose farms, learned how to cook goose foie gras through preparation workshops and cutting demonstrations … They also enjoyed goose carcass soup and plates composed of dry sausages, goose rillettes, dried duck breast, and aiguillettes accompanied by the famous Sarlat potatoes. In a festive and friendly atmosphere, the numerous musical and visual animations put the palmiped in the center of the festival, for the pleasure of all.
In 2011, the Association “Foie Gras du Périgord” created the brand “L’Oie du Périgord” (the Périgord Goose), in order to defend and protect the quality and origin of local products linked to the goose. The official launch of the brand took place during the Sarlat Fest’Oie 2012.
Périgord is the leading French goose production area with 130,000 geese and products of excellence.
Find all the information about the Sarlat Fest’Oie on the Sarlat tourisme website.
Picture © Sarlat Tourisme
Medal rain for foie gras at the Paris Agricultural Show
For more than a week, visitors to the Paris International Agricultural Show enjoyed French local products and world specialities, and met exhibitors, who were able to share their passion for products of excellence. Wines, cheeses, oysters, snails and of course foie gras… Tastings were numerous in the different pavilions of the Show.
Foie gras, represented by numerous family stands, received a multitude of prizes at the General Agricultural Competition. Gold medals were awarded to Maison Metzler, Le vieux Chêne, Ferme des Rouvies, Maison Lembert, Ferme Bastebieille, Cabannes Joël et Benoît, Sudreau, les Canards d’Auzan, Labeyries SAS division specialized markets, Famille pères, AFG Foie gras, La Bélaudie Havard and La Drosera Gourmande. 32 silver and 31 bronze medals were also distributed.
The honoured Regions were delighted with the numerous prizes awarded for their local products. Georges Méric, President of the Departmental Council for Haute-Garonne, stressed: “These prestigious awards contribute to the influence of agriculture and the gastronomic heritage of the Haute-Garonne in France and on the international stage. We are proud to defend a sustainable agricultural model that respects the traditions of farming and livestock production and takes into account the interests of today’s populations and future generations“.
You can consult the details of these prizes on the General Agricultural Competition website (tick « Concours », « Produits issus de palmipèdes gras »). The prizes awarded for other local products (poultry, dairy products, jam…) and wines can also be found there.
Picture © general Agricultural Competition
European meeting on foie gras
Brussels, 20 February 2020
The 6th edition of the cocktail of the Circle of Foie Gras Friends was held on Tuesday, 18th of February in Brussels to celebrate this delicacy. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), representatives of the European Commission, permanent representations of Member States, regional representations and stakeholders met at the Stanhope Hotel to discuss this product, ambassador of European gastronomy.
Following the European elections of 26 May 2019, the Circle of Foie Gras Friends is pleased to welcome ten MEPs from foie gras producing and consuming countries. The cocktail was an opportunity to induct them as members. The Circle is also delighted to count on the loyalty of several re-elected MEPs.
In his opening speech, Mr. Christophe Barrailh, President of Euro Foie Gras, stressed the importance of the European marketing standards for poultry meat for the European foie gras sector: “The future delegated act revising these standards must imperatively maintain the definition of minimum liver weights for the designation ‘foie gras’, and if possible, include a definition of ‘processed foie gras’ (…) in the interest of consumers and producers attached to a product of excellence”. He also insisted on transparency, a value to which Euro Foie Gras is very attached, by offering farm visits to all interested guests.
Throughout the evening, the guests had the
pleasure of tasting several recipes created by Stanhope chef Laurent Gauze
based on foie gras, smoked duck breast and duck gizzard, in a festive and
Some winter recipes around foie gras
After Winter holidays when foie gras is traditionally a part of the celebrations, it is not yet the time to store those delicious winter recipes in the cupboard. Here are some suggestions for recipes that can be savoured particularly well by these cold temperatures.
First, a classic with a twist, why not try this easy brioche nests with foie gras recipe?
If you like mulled wine, this recipe of foie gras with pears poached in spiced wine should be a delight!
A nice recipe to welcome your guests would also be foie gras with “petits gateaux” and toasted chestnuts.
And finally, if you would like to enjoy foie gras in its simplest apparel, we would suggest cabbage stuffed with duck foie gras and truffles.
And, as we say in French, bon appétit!
Sullivan County finds New York foie gras ban unconstitutional
Voted on October 30 by the New York City Council, the ban on the sale of foie gras is expected to apply from 2022 onwards to all stores and restaurants in the city.
The European Foie Gras Federation – Euro Foie Gras – had strongly criticized this demagogic decision based on misconceptions [see our press release], but this ban, in addition to having no solid foundation, will also have disastrous consequences for rural activity in Sullivan County, New York.
Indeed, this is where the two largest foie gras farms in the United States are located, La Belle Farm and Hudson Valley Foie Gras. With 380 employees and while New York City is their largest market, these two producers and Sullivan County believe that the ban places an unreasonable restriction on their business – that is, outside of the jurisdiction of the municipality of New York – and officially filed a petition with the State on December 11 to have it declared unconstitutional. If their request is successful, New York City – where foie gras is on the menu of nearly 1,000 restaurants – will be forced to overturn its decision.
European livestock sector unites to ‘burst’ the myths surrounding the sector
Brussels, 10th December 2019 – Representatives from the European livestock sector gathered today in front of the European Commission buildings in Brussels to address the danger of oversimplifying the debate around livestock and its role in European society. This flash action echoes a number of concerns highlighted by the numerous protests that have taken place in different European countries in recent weeks.
Aiming to tackle the myths that prevail online today and the agri-bashing related to livestock production, the European Livestock Voice, a group of EU-based organisations that are active on livestock issues, decided to raise their voices at EU-level by bringing together farmers, MEPs and other actors from the sector to ‘burst’ a series of balloons carrying common myths or misinformation in front of the European Commission building. This action took place on the first day of the European Commission’s Agricultural Outlook conference and a few days after the new European Commission was appointed in order to try to rebalance the debate around livestock production.
Marianne Streel, President of the Wallonian Farmers Organisation, who was present during the flash action, said “We want to urge people and policy-makers to pay attention to the European livestock sector and to the misleading information that is damaging its reputation and endangering farmers’ livelihoods and even their lives in some cases. In Wallonia, farms shut up shop every day. In the last 10 years, 31% of our farms have disappeared. These are clear and frightening figures that can also be found in other Member States. If we lose our livestock farms, the repercussions will be significant in many areas, both in our countryside and on our plates. These consequences are currently overlooked in the debates because we tend to forget the positive aspects of livestock in Europe.”
In this regard, professionals from the sector are starting to mobilise to raise awareness throughout Europe, from Ireland to Italy, with initiatives that aim to make their point of view heard and remind decision-makers that the debate on these issues is also constantly evolving at academic level. The European Livestock Voice launched an initial campaign at EU level supported by a website with the aim to engage in the debate, focusing on facts and feedback from professionals in the sector. During the flash action, the organisers announced that the group will continue and expand these actions in the coming months.