Wholesaler Makro will reportedly stop selling foie gras at its 33 depots.

The company will not buy any more goose or duck liver pate while it investigates claims by animal rights group Viva! that force-feeding the birds is cruel, according to reports in the Independent.

“What Makro is doing is investigating Viva's claims and have put a break on ordering any stock until the investigation is complete,” a spokesman told the paper.