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Foie gras hamburgers being added to menu at Freshness Burger

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

Japanese hamburger chain Freshness Burger has a reputation as a pretty classy place, so much so that some would argue it’s more a café that simply lacks table service and offers take-out, as opposed to something so base as a fast food restaurant. In keeping with that comparatively upscale image, Freshness Burger is about to release a foie gras burger.

Priced at 1,000 yen, you could call it either a premium hamburger or a budget-priced foie gras entree. The patty is the standard quarter-pound (113-gram) slab of meat used in ordinary Freshness Burger sandwiches, but it’s spruced up with a thick, 50-gram cut of Hungarian foie gras (Hungary is the second-largest foie gras producer in the world, with some producers using a force-feeding method similar to the one required by law in France and some using a starvation method). The Foie Gras Burger also features Japanese-grown lettuce, mashed potato with the aroma of truffles, and a Madeira-style wine sauce.

If you’re less hungry, or simply not in the mood for fowl liver, Freshness Burger is also rolling out a new selection of soups, including pumpkin potage, borscht, and lobster bisque, which are priced at 350 yen each.

All of these new items go on sale October 5, but while the warming soups will be sticking around until the start of spring, the Foie Gras Burger’s availability is limited to 30,000 sandwiches across all Freshness Burger locations.

Source: IT Media

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Tournedos rossini burger style. Never heard of the 'starvation method' though.

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Torture burger.

It dismays me how so many Japanese are totally unaware/unconcerned about how foie gras is produced. You tell them, and the typical reaction is 'No, the farmers wouldn't do that'.

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They got a different throat to humans and thus there is no damage or discomfort.

Way different to us getting a stomach camera.

Helps if you are educated and NOT equate/compare them to humans.

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Torture burger.

You couldn't be more wrong.

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I'm not fan of fois gras myself, but I was just reading somewhere the other day that force feeding doesn't mean they strap them down and pump food into them, rather they have pressurized feeders that the ducks can go to of their own will. Since their gullets allow for the pumping of food, when the go to the feeder, the feeder pumps food right down into their stomach.

It's not so different than locking someone in the south of the USA in a McDonalds with no limits on what they're allowed to eat and drink.

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Actually, this is how foie gras is produced:

Watch and allow yourselves to be educated. Even if the birds were not force-fed, nothing could make me eat a diseased organ!

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Mr. Alderman, perhaps you'd like to elaborate. How is deliberately inducing disease in an anima not torture? The force-feeding is just one aspect of a practice that is thankfully banned in many enlightened countries.

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Calling Freshness Burger 'pretty classy' is a bit of a stretch.....

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