Will Brexit Take This Controversial Item Off the Menu?
An unexpected side-effect of Brexit could mean foie gras finally being banned in the UK. It’s already banned in many countries around the world due to its cruel production method, and the UK leaving the EU could see it disappearing from restaurant menus for good.
Why Is Foie Gras Cruel?
In order to produce foie gras, which means “fat liver” in French, ducks and geese are force-fed maize through metal tubes forced down their throats. It has long been considered an inhumane and barbaric practice and foie gras is banned in many countries.
The Independent reveals that this cruel foodstuff could be banned in the UK once Brexit has been implemented. According to the Independent, groups including vets and MPs want to use Brexit as an opportunity to ban foie gras, meaning it could no longer be imported into the country.
It has been illegal to produce foie gras in the UK since 2000, but over 100 tonnes are imported annually. Most foie gras in the UK is served up in expensive London restaurants. In recent years, however, there has been an increase in support for a ban.
The Increase in Meat-Free Eating
Talk of a ban on foie gras coincides with a huge increase in vegetarianism and veganism in the UK. Many restaurants are already wising up to this change, and even traditional venues are increasing their meat-free offerings. If you’re in the catering business and have only a limited meat-free menu, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the UK-wide trend towards reducing meat consumption. If you offer vegan options, it’s a good idea to think about how you store and prepare your vegan meals to avoid cross-contamination from meat dishes. Investing in a compartmentalised Catering Fridge from a reputable supplier such as https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/catering-equipment makes it easy to manage your food.
There are currently believed to be around 3.5 million vegans in the UK, although the exact numbers are difficult to gauge as many people are not strict vegans. There are millions more who take part in Meat-free Mondays, shunning meat each Monday, and many more who might still eat meat but have reduced their consumption. The vegetarian and vegan sectors have grown over the last two years, and businesses that fail to adapt to this change risk being left behind.