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Despite the efforts of the animal welfare lobby, the production of foie gras in Europe is unlikely to end any time soon. But corks may be on their way out

By Alex Renton   November 2006

The end of foie gras?

These are dark times for foie gras eaters in the US. In August, Chicago banned the sale of products resulting from the forced feeding of geese or ducks. Legislation to halt the production of foie gras, if not the eating of it, is at various stages in seven states, including California, New Jersey and New York.

This has caused anguish. Anthony Bourdain, the chef and author, said a ban in New York would be “a bomb” on the restaurant scene. “Foie gras is a primary colour in the flavour spectrum that we use in…

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