California bans fois gras

By Arabella Mileham

- Last updated on GMT

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A state-wide ban of fois gras will come into effect in California on Sunday (1 July), eight years after the legislation was signed by the then-Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The controversial ban, which had a long grace period to allow producers to find an alternative production method, has pleased animal rights activists, who object to the method of ‘gavage’, saying that it is a cruel way to enlarge the ducks’ and geese’ livers.

During the months leading up to the ban, restaurants and foie gras suppliers have reported an increase in sales as people stock up on the gourmet dish. However, once the ban comes into effect, any restaurant or retailers which serves the product will be fined $1,000.

The legislation has sparked a debate among Californian consumers, chefs and producers of foie gras over the role of the state government, which has been accused of ‘interfering’ with free market trade and consumer choice by introducing the ban.

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