France bans ketchup in school cafeterias -

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 10 11:01:20 UTC 2011
> 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.
> Moreover, French fries can be offered only once a week, usually with
> steak /hache,/ or burger. Not clear is whether the food police will
> send students to detention if they dip their burgers into the ketchup
> that accompanies their fries.
> ...

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