Michelin Menus in Turmoil as France Faces Foie Gras Crisis

One of the culinary hallmarks of France, and a staple of upscale cuisine, foie gras is now vanishing from Michelin star restaurant menus during an “unprecedented” crisis, reports CNN. On top of ongoing pushback by activists about the ethics of foie gras production, a bird flu epidemic has swept across France and Europe. The months-long issue has devastated the country’s fowl and poultry industry. In an effort to control the current bird flu epidemic, France has had to cull 16 million poultry since NOV 2021, the French Agriculture Ministry said. According to Marie-Pierre Pé, director of France’s interprofessional committee for foie gras producers, production in France is expected to drop by up to 50 per cent in 2022 as the epidemic affects 80 per cent of foie gras producers in the country.

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