A year after ban’s repeal, foie gras remains hot topic

Published: 01/07/2016
Publication: SF Gate

On Wednesday, many Bay Area restaurants will celebrate the first anniversary of the return of foie gras to California menus, following a 2015 repeal of the high-profile state ban on the duck liver delicacy. Some, like Cockscomb in SoMa, will feature regularly offered dishes, like a chicken and foie gras terrine with a pickled quail egg; others, like La Toque in Napa, will offer free foie gras bites to diners.

But a year after the ban was lifted, the issue still isn’t fully resolved, with two significant lawsuits still pending in state court — including one that could reinstate the ban.

The original state law (SB1520), which was passed in 2004 and implemented in 2012, banned both the sale and production of foie gras.

On Jan. 7, 2015, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles ruled that the law interfered with the federal Poultry Products Inspections Act, which regulates the sale and distribution of birds and does not allow states to impose individual conditions on food. Foie gras immediately appeared on local restaurants’ menus.

Attorney General Kamala Harris followed up a month later with an appeal to Wilson’s ruling. That appeal remains ongoing, according to the attorney general’s office, with the most recent brief filed last month, urging that the district court’s judgment be reversed.

Original article available at: https://www.sfgate.com/food/article/A-year-after-ban-s-repeal-foie-gras-remains-6741702.php

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