THAT most famous French delicacy foie gras is to be banned from US shops along with other meat products.
The month long ban comes after US health officials visited 11 exporters to check safety standards.
French officials have reacted angrily claiming their safety standards are more rigorous than anywhere else in the world, including the US.
And French agriculture minister, Herve Gaymard, visited Washington officials this week to try and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
European Union farm ministers will discuss the US move when they meet in March, according to EU health commissioner David Byrne.
The initial one-month ban, if it were to be extended, could damage trade worth more than €20m ($25m; £13.3m) annually, according to EU estimates.
US Agriculture Department spokesman Steven Cohen said the visit to France was in response to concerns first raised in 1992.
The US had found "repeated problems" with the 11 exporters, he said.