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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds California Ban on Foie Gras

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

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Well, foie gras is still illegal in California. The ban on fatty goose liver has been resented by many chefs, farmers, and diners since it was established in 2012, and though it has been appealed (and struck down) by several lower courts, on Tuesday it got the ruling from the highest court in the land that it is here to stay.

This appeal was on behalf of Canadian Farmers, Hudson Valley Foie Gras and the California-based Hot's Restaurant Group, according to the LA Times, and argued that the ban limits interstate commerce. But their appeal was not upheld, and it is still illegal in California to produce fatty goose livers by force-feeding the goose.

It's not illegal to own foie gras, however; periodically, some upstart restaurants and pop-ups will get around the law by serving it "by donation." Barring that, the Oregon border's only about a 5.5 hour drive away?

[via LA Times]
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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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