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Foie Gras: Imports

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 51974, tabled on 20 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, when the Government plans to publish its investigation into the importation and sale of foie gras.

Answered on

30 September 2022

The Action Plan for Animal Welfare noted that HM Government has made clear that the production of foie gras from ducks or geese which have been force fed raises serious welfare concerns and that the production of foie gras by force feeding is already illegal in the UK. The Action Plan also noted that now that the UK has left the EU, we are committed to building a clear evidence base to inform decisions on banning the import or sale of foie gras and other products derived from low-welfare systems.

HM Government is currently continuing to build this evidence base. No specific deadline has been set for this exercise, and further evidence that people may wish to share with HM Government would be gratefully received.