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Judge Allows Foie Gras Back On California Menus

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Foie gras is back on the menu in California – at least for now. A federal court struck down the state’s law banning the fatted duck liver delicacy Wednesday.

The judge said California’s ban that was signed in 2004 and took effect three years ago violates federal law. That immediately prompted animal rights groups to call on Attorney General Kamala Harris to appeal.

“The ruling of this court relies on some absurd notion that force-feeding is an ingredient in the production of foie gras, which of course is absurd on its face – but also absurd because we know that foie gras can be produced without it,” said Jennifer Fearing, who represents the Humane Society

Many chefs are rejoicing. The law banned the sale of foie gras, but not the purchase of it – so Greg Daniels at Haven Gastropub in the city of Orange quickly turned to his private stash.

“The first thing that we have going on the menu for this evening is a foie gras ice cream with toasted brioche and a blueberry sauce,” which, in case you were wondering, Daniels says, tastes both sweet and savory.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio