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Buy Foie Gras California

The ruling only applies to people who buy foie gras for individual consumption. The 2012 state law still bans foie gras production in California while restaurants and retailers are forbidden to sell it or give it away.

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The ruling only applies to people who buy foie gras for individual consumption. Restaurants and retailers are still prohibited from selling it or giving it away for free, said Kelsey Eberly, an attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that the law violated federal regulations, including laws governing interstate commerce as well as the Poultry Products Inspections Act, which regulates the sale and distribution of foie gras and other poultry products. In effect, the judge said that, in this case, the state law does not trump federal law.

Laurel Pine, Living Luxury is your personal connection for the finest luxury foods such as foie gras, caviar, white truffles, black truffles, Wagyu beef, and Iberico ham. Based in Reno, Nevada, we ship our top quality gourmet products all over the country for next day delivery.

Curated food, wine and spirits tasting experiences are held weekly at The Flavor Studio, our beautiful dining room in Reno, Nevada. Five course wine dinners, foie gras dinners, white truffle dinners, and black truffle dinners are held every other month.

The United States District Court, Central District of California has ruled that out of state companies can legally ship foie gras to California. California residents are now able to order foie gras online or by phone and have the order shipped to California via a carrier such as Fedex. We are grateful for this ruling and look forward to supplying you with delicious foie gras.

The suit filed Friday in San Diego Superior Court by the Animal Protection and Rescue League alleges that Mister A's in Bankers Hill and Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe have been selling foie gras from force-fed ducks despite California restaurants being banned from doing so.

Attorney Bryan Pease, representing APRL in the suit, said the group has held protests over the years outside both restaurants, which led to the eateries temporarily removing foie gras from their menus, only to "quietly re- add it back to the menu later when they thought no one was looking."

The state's ban was recently challenged by foie gras producers from outside California. A federal judge ruled in 2020 that the ban would remain in place for restaurants and retailers, but customers could purchase foie gras from out of state and have it delivered to them.

Good news for foie gras lovers in CA! It is now legal to sell foie gras across state lines. Thus, effective immediately, we are selling foie gras on our website and shipping to home cooks in the great state of California. Read on for details or go directly to the foie gras and start the celebration!

On July 14, 2020, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that out-of-state foie gras producers and purveyors can ship to California residents, as long as the transaction is done by a seller outside of California and the order is shipped by a third party. Translation: if you live in California, you can buy foie gras at and we can send it to you by FedEx.

That would require some creative interpretation of the Wilson ruling, but foie gras producers and sellers have previously tried similar evasions of the stated intent of the 2004 law, and appear to be unlikely to give up soon.

The California-based Humane Farming Association criticized the language of the ban from the beginning, for allowing the foie gras industry a seven-year grace period before taking effect and for including multiple loopholes that have become the subjects of litigation ever since.

Foie gras is known to have been produced as a purported delicacy in Egypt as long as 2,400 years ago. But the production method, centering on force-feeding confined geese excessive amounts of grain through a tube, was widely recognized as cruel several centuries before the existence of any organized humane movement.

Despite that, foie gras production remained legal almost everywhere when the California legislation passed in 2004. Since then, foie gras production and/or sales have now been banned in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, most Austrian provinces, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Wilson originally found, and a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in August 2013 unanimously affirmed, that the California ban on the sale of foie gras could be enforced as written.

The Wilson verdict gutted the California law, then in full effect since July 2012, because it meant that even though California banned the production of foie gras by force-feeding ducks and geese through tubes thrust down their throats, foie gras produced by that method could not be kept off of menus and store shelves.

The issue had been simmering in courts for years since lawmakers in 2004 barred California farmers from producing the luxury pate. Animal welfare activists had campaigned for a ban on the grounds that the methods used to produce foie gras are cruel, involving force-feeding a bird a corn-based mixture through a tube slipped down its throat.

Almost six months after California banned the sale and production of foie gras, or fatty duck liver, a few dozen Californians were heading to Reno over the weekend to buy the contraband product. They were attending a foie gras tasting prepared and hosted by Laurel Pine, owner of Mirepoix USA, a gourmet food company we profiled last June.

Pine moved her business from California to Nevada last year in anticipation of the ban. "My sales have actually doubled, so the ban has been a very good thing for my business." She says all the publicity around the outlawing of foie gras drew attention to the product.

Some long-time liver lovers stocked up, spending hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars. Others tried foie gras for the first time to see what the fuss was all about. "It's actually increased interest in the product more than ever."

Foie gras is made from livers that have been plumped up to several times their normal size through force feeding, a process called gavage. Animal rights activists call it cruel. Supporters of foie gras say it is not, that ducks don't have a gag reflex. California lawmakers took the side of animal rights groups in banning the product, but it is still legal in California to possess foie gras. Many chefs and foodies are crossing state lines to buy it or making purchases online from out-of-state sellers.

It appears there has been little effort to enforce the new law. Last month, PETA sued one Southern California restaurant,Hot's Kitchen, claiming it's violating the law for giving away foie gras as a free side dish. The restaurant's parent company, Hot's Restaurant Group, believes if there's no sale involved, there's no violation. Earlier this year the company filed its own lawsuit against the state seeking to overturn the ban.

As much as 80 percent of Laurel Pine's annual foie gras sales happen over the holidays. She was very careful about revealing her location in Reno for fear of protesters showing up. They did earlier this year when the location of a secret party she was holding in San Francisco was leaked to PETA.

"I don't think anyone who currently was enjoying foie gras has stopped eating it," she said while preparing foie gras torchon on toasted brioche and scooped foie gras ice cream onto ginger cookies. "I think they're finding ways to get it, and I don't think anyone has changed their minds about how they feel about eating foie gras." When asked if she thinks the process of force feeding ducks is cruel, she quickly replies, "Not at all...I wouldn't be in this business if I did."

Burton authored the ban back when he was in the State Senate, and he says selling or producing foie gras will still be legal if it doesn't come from force fed ducks. Foie gras fans say when ducks gorge themselves, the product is inferior.

Chefs are outraged. "I think we just thought it was going to go away," says Greg Daniels of the ban. He owns the Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, where he sells a foie gras cheesecake. "To chefs around the world, they think it's ridiculous. It's the stupidest thing that Californians could ever do, and it just proves the Californians are stupid."

"Ducks have a collagen-lined esophagus that they are able to swallow entire fish," says Chef Daniels. He believes animals rights groups have gone after foie gras because it's an easier battle than taking on big companies which practice "factory farming of was easy to go after something that is considered a 'one percenter' food."

Opponents of the ban say it will impact California tourism, as foodies may choose to go to Las Vegas instead. John Burton, the bill's author, disagrees. "There's somebody, say, from Cincinnati, and they want to go to California. They want to see the beaches, Disneyland," he says. "'Oh, God, they don't have foie gras. Let's go to, you know, South Dakota." 041b061a72


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