It has come to my attention that foie gras is legal again in California! Chef Ken Frank of LA Toque, led the effort to lift the ban which prevented importing foie gras from out of state. The law suit was initiated by a collective of out-of-state foie gras producers, retailers and importers. Today, a district court judge ruled that the California health code preventing the import of the product was invalid because it is superseded by the federal Poultry Products Inspections Act in regards to the sale and distribution of foie gras. Sometimes, loopholes can be a good thing I guess!
So as of today, foie gras is once again legal! Time to get your gout on ladies and gentleman!
Note: The above picture is a trio of foie gras taken the day prior to the ban on foie gras at Redd in Napa, CA.