Foie gras sold at very low prices in a legal loophole

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Foie gras and duck breast are sold this year at very low prices in large French supermarkets, because producers are taking advantage of a loophole in sales law.This time of year at Christmas represents 70% of sales in the sector, foie gras and duck are often favored over the holiday season. As a result, the industry is now working to improve sales, especially in light of the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The sector had also suffered from two consecutive episodes of bird flu.

As a result, producers of foie gras and duck breast in France have now succeeded in obtaining an exemption that allows them to sell at prices well below what the law would otherwise allow.

French law – in particular the law known as the “Egalim law” – limits sales and promotions to 34% in value, and 25% in volume, to prevent supermarkets from lowering prices so low that producers risk failing. receive almost nothing for their products.

However, a loophole in this law exists for those who request a derogation directly from the DGCCRF (Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control). Indeed, the DGCCRF has recognized that in certain cases, the law may be too severe.

Michel Fruchet, president of the industrial body CIFOG, said that everyone who requested a waiver this year was able to get one.

Supermarket brands like Leclerc, Intermarché and Carrefour already hold ”The Duck Counter (Duck Counter) ”- which will run until November 16 – selling duck products at very low prices.

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