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Bird flu scare hits French foie gras production

The order allows goose and duck farmers to continue raising the birds they have, but bans them from taking on new chicks until after a cleanup launched this month.


PRODUCTION of France's favourite festive-season treat has been hit by restrictions resulting from an avian influenza scare in the south-west, where most of the delicacy is produced.

"In the most optimistic scenario . . . a third of this region's (usual) output will not be