French government slams restaurants serving "microwave meals"

Reuters reports that France’s lower house National Assembly has approved a new law "that will oblige eateries to indicate whether or not their food is freshly cooked or ready-made."

Reuters reports that France’s lower house National Assembly has approved a new law "that will oblige eateries to indicate whether or not their food is freshly cooked or ready-made."

 

The law is the French government’s response to reports that many restaurants have resorted to serving ready-to-eat "microwave meals" to their patrons. The report said that French cuisine staples like boeuf bourgignon, veal blanquette, duck a l’orange and gratin dauphinois have been been "mass produced, vacuum-sealed in congealed two-kilogram packs and sold wholesale to restaurants from an icy warehouse, with microwave re-heating instructions stuck on the side."

 

French authoririties are aghast over the news, as French cuisine is included in UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage list. However, the Reuters report quoted industry insiders who revealed that the "microwave meals" phenomenon is "more prevalent than customers would like to think."

 

Reuters cited Roland Heguy, chairman of the French syndicate for the hotel and restaurant industry (UMIH), who "estimates that only 20,000 of France’s 120,000 food establishments could actually claim to make all their produce from fresh ingredients."

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