Indian government bans foie gras
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Animal Equality
July 2014

In 2012, Animal Equality carried out an investigation into the foie gras industry in the EU. The investigation revealed the shocking reality of life for ducks and geese confined and force-fed for foie gras production in France and Spain.

Animal Equality presented an extensive report to the government, including reviews from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations, and European Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare, making an appeal to the Minister of Commerce to abn the import of foie gras.

foie gras vomit
A victim of forced-feeding, this duck choked to death on his own vomit. He now lies dead in a pen. This was not an accident. This tragedy was set in motion by the torturer-farmers in this industry who have a depraved indifference to life. If they did something like this to a human being, they would be guilty of second degree murder.


To be Published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary
Part-II, Section - 3, Sub-Section (ii)

Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Department of Commerce
Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi

Notification No 87 (RE–2013)/2009-2014
Dated the 3rd July, 2014

S.O. (E) In exercise of powers conferred by Section 3(2) and Section 5 of the Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992 (No. 22 of 1992), read with paragraphs 2.1 and Para 2.6 of the Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-2014, as amended from time to time, the Central Government hereby makes the following amendments in the ITC (HS) 2012, Schedule 1 (Import Policy):

2. Import policy of the item ‘foie gras’ covered under EXIM Code 0207 43 00 in Chapter 2 of ITC(HS), 2012 Schedule I (Import Policy) is revised from ‘free’ to ‘prohibited’. After revision, the import policy is as under:

Exim Code
Item Description
Policy Conditions
0207 43 00
Fatty livers, fresh or chilled
Free, except ‘foie gras’ which is prohibited
Import of ‘foie gras’ is Prohibited

3. Effect of this Notification: Import policy of the item ‘foie gras’ covered under EXIM Code 0207 43 00 has been changed to ‘prohibited’.

(Pravir Kumar)
Director General of Foreign Trade
E-mail: dgft[at]nic[dot]in

[Issued from 01/89/180/118/AM-02/PC 2(A)] 

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