The first "ethical" foie gras to be made in Britain is being launched
by a supermarket chain next week.
The goose liver and duck liver pates have been made without the
traditional force-feeding of the birds.
Waitrose, who is selling the products, has named them "faux gras" and
marketing them as a British twist on the French product, made without
cruelty to the birds.
The supermarket stopped selling French foie gras six years ago, as the
tide of popular opinion turned against the force feeding of birds -
traditionally the only way to give the livers the truly plump feel and
smooth taste that is so prized by gourmets.
It has the backing of the animal charity RSPCA which says the faux
gras was created with welfare in mind.
A spokesman for the supermaket admits that "fans of real foie gras
will realise this is not the real thing."
However, David Stone, a buyer for the chain, said: "We think this is
as near to authentic foie gras as we can get without the cruelty. We
are confident we have come up with the holy grail of the gastronomic
world - a pate with the richness of traditional foie gras, but without
any of the guilt."
Critics of the French food include former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore.
The actor backed a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals call
for a blanket ban on foie gras sales in the UK.
Campaigners criticise the feeding process, saying grain is forced down
the birds' throats via a pipe which can injure them.
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