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Ketchup banned in French cafeterias? Mon dieu!

October 6, 2011 | 10:28 am

KetchupricardodearatanhaKetchup has apparently become condimenta non grata in French school cafeterias. Tiffany Hsu writes:

In an effort to promote healthful eating and, it has been suggested, to protect traditional Gallic cuisine, the French government has banned school and college cafeterias nationwide from offering the American tomato-based condiment with any food but — of all things — French fries.

As a result, students can no longer use ketchup on such traditional dishes as veal stew, no matter how gristly, and boeuf bourguignon, regardless of its fat content.

Apparently, government researchers recommended cutbacks more than four years ago, though the new rules went into effect this week, affecting school and college cafeterias nationwide. Says agriculture and food minister Bruno Le Maire, "France must be an example to the world in the quality of its food, starting with its children."

You can read more about the ban here.

So what do you think? Sound off with your thoughts on the ban in the comments below.

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times