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    Authorities seize 80,000 cans of dog food sold as foie gras

    The Health and Agriculture ministries' branches in Ashkelon yesterday seized 80,000 cans of dog food that had been disguised as foie gras, as if fit for human consumption.
    The product, imported from Bulgaria by Fried Leonid and originally labeled "chicken for dogs," was given two different fraudulent labels: "Domestic Birds liver pate. Producer: S.E. Grenot, France" and "Pate foie gras. Producer: Lovmit General Toshevo."

    The Health Ministry has warned the public not to consume products bearing these labels. Shirley Deri, food engineer for the district of Ashkelon, said the products had not been distributed to food chains; however, the Health Ministry is still investigating if there had been early deliveries of the canned goods.

    "The health risks from such a product are considerable. It could contain microbiological pathogens that are lethal to humans," Deri said.

    Foie Gras

    I looked up what foie gras was after seeing used on the food channel. They make it by force feeding ducks until they die of liver disease, then they call the nasty infected liver foie gras.

    Learn from the mistakes of others, you won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

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    Let them eat foie gras!



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    GAH! Anyone who eats foie gras knowing what it is deserves to get violently ill, dog food or not.

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    Schwarzenegger Signs 'Foie Gras' Bill

    By JIM WASSERMAN, Associated Press Writer

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will end the force feeding of ducks, geese and other birds to produce the gourmet liver product foie gras by 2012 under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger.

    The bill will also ban the sale of foie gras in California starting that same year if it's obtained by force feeding birds. Schwarzenegger, who received pleas from several celebrities, including former Beatle Paul McCartney, to sign the bill, said it gives producers more than seven years to "evolve and perfect a humane way for a duck to consume grain to increase the size of its liver through natural processes."

    "If agricultural producers are successful in this endeavor, the ban on foie gras sales and production in California will not occur," he said in a statement.

    Animal rights advocates called the governor's action "a major victory for the ducks and geese." The state's lone farm engaged in the practice, Sonoma Foie Gras, also hailed it as a victory. The company's president, Guillermo Gonzales, said his farm would use the time before the ban is implemented "to demonstrate that foie gras production is safe and proper."

    Advocates for the bill said the restrictions are needed to stop an agricultural process in which birds are fed huge amounts of food three times a day through a tube inserted into their throats. The practice enlarges the birds' livers up to 10 times their normal size before they are slaughtered.

    Foie gras - French for "fat liver" - is served in about 300 restaurants in California, according to the California Restaurant Association, which opposed the bill along with several major farm groups.

    The bill's author, Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, D-San Francisco, said several countries have already banned the force feeding practice and the European Union (news - web sites) is phasing it out.

    Among other celebrities who supported the bill were actors Martin Sheen, Kim Basinger, Alicia Silverstone and Mary Tyler Moore.

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    The dogs don't mind..they will trade but not for foie gras..they want healthy liver too!

    Help is on the way.

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