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Japan store pulls foie gras lunchbox over animal rights

A Japanese convenience store chain has cancelled the launch of its foie gras lunchbox after customer complaints about animal welfare, a company spokesman said Thursday. FamilyMart had intended to begin selling the lunchbox containing a meat patty and some foie gras paste for 690 yen ($6.70), but shelved the plan after more than 20 people registered concerns over the way the traditional French delicacy is produced.

Chinese gets life in prison for 'gutter oil' profits

A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced a man to life in prison for profiting from the manufacture and sale of polluted cooking oil, derisively known as "gutter oil", state media reported. The Lianyungang Intermediate People's Court in the eastern province of Jiangsu handed down the life sentence on Wang Chengkui, Xinhua news agency said. It identified Wang as "a shareholder and legal representative" of Kangrun Company based in the city of Lianyugang.

Federal appeals court upholds California's ban on foie gras sales

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that California can keep in place its ban on the sale of foie gras. In doing so, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals signalled that a lawsuit filed by foie gras producers seeking to invalidate the California law was on its last legs.
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