Geese may get their revenge on the gourmet diners who eat foie gras, a delicacy from the the livers of geese that have been force fed.
Foie Gras, made from livers of geese that have been force fed and then killed for their livers made the news in Chicago last year, when a law outlawed the delicacy in City of Chicago restaurants. Fine dining restaurants and Chicago gourmets were outraged at the government with their palates.
The delicacy was banned from City of Chicago restaurants in 2006 by the Chicago City Council. Chicago council members decided it was inhumane to force-feed the birds. Geese are force fed with a tube inserted into their throats twice a day. Partially cooked corn is pumped down the esophagus.
California is the only state to ban the process. In 2004, California passed a measure to end the force feeding of geese by 2012. More than a dozen counties, most of them in Europe, have banned production of the delicacy because of cruel practices. The countries that have banned foie gras production include UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Israel.
Sir Roger Moore, the former James Bond actor, used to eat Foie gras, but when he “learned about the dark side of the industry he vowed never to eat this “delicacy of despair again.”” Moore volunteered to narrate a documentary about the cruelty of foie gras production.
Foie gras, which is French for “fat liver” is a rich, buttery delicacy is often served sliced and pan seared. Foie gras is frequently served on greens or on a cut of steak of veal. France did not ban foie gras because it was too much a part of their gourmet empire.
Reuters (today.reuter.com) reports that there may be another reason to avoid foie gras besides humane treatment of geese. The delicacy may transmit a little known disease known as amyloidosis.
Researcher reported on Monday that tests on mice may cause the condition in animals with a genetic susceptibility to the disease. The research suggests that amyloidosis can be transmitted via food.
Amyloidosis can affect various organs. Damaging deposits of abnormal proteins accumulate in the heart, kidneys, nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, Amyloidosis is a rare, potentially fatal disease that occurs when the substances called amyloid proteins build up in the body’s organs. Amyloid is a protein that causes deposits in the tissues or organs. Amyloidosis can affect the heart, kidney, spleen, liver, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract.
The signs and symptoms of amyloidosis depends on the affected organs. The wide range of symptoms makes the disease difficult to diagnose. Symptoms may include: swelling of ankles and legs, weakness, weight loss, shortness of breath, numbness or tingles in the feet or hands, diarrhea, severe fatigue, enlarged tongue, skin changes, irregular heartbeat and difficulty swallowing.
Amyloidosis is a rare condition. A doctor may conduct a physical exam and tests to detect the disease. Tests include blood or urine tests to detect an abnormal protein. The only definitive test is a tissue biopsy. Complications depend upon which organs of affected. Potentially life threatening situations include kidney failure and congestive heart failure. Complications may include kidney damage, heart damage, and nervous system damage
Although there is no cure for amloidosis, treatment may manage symptoms. The disease can be manage by medications and diet. Well balanced nutrition is import for an adequate energy supply.’
It seems that there be more than one reason to avoid foie gras. Foie gras production is a cruel practice to the geese. Consumptions of the fatty liver may possibly cause rare disease.
The information in this article is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical condition, consult a doctor.