European Chefs Protest Bans

April 23 2005 - 8:49 AM

From News.com.au

The culinary experts, members of a 3500-strong Eurotoques network of chefs, voiced fears that regional produce such as rich foie gras goose liver or wild salmon could be wiped out by over-regulation or contamination.

Says Eurotoques Spanish International President, chef Pedro Subijana:

“When European decision makers make laws, they should think not only about large-scale production but also about authentic regional products made by people from specific regions and villages in Europe.”

The EU has introduced a range of food hygiene laws to fight food scares such as mad cow disease and cancer-causing dioxin in chickens. Animal welfare campaigners want to ban force-feeding of geese to produce foie gras.

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