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As foie gras ban looms in California, chefs push back

French Jean-Pierre Brazzalotto force-fee

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French Jean-Pierre Brazzalotto force-feeds a goose at his Grisettes farm, in Montesquiou, southwestern France. Here in the US, California is set to ban foie gras beginning in July.

The table is set for another battle over foie gras. Yesterday, a coalition of California chefs delivered a statement to lawmakers in Sacramento. They asked legislators to reconsider the impending ban on the fatty delicacy made from duck and goose liver.

The foie gras bill was passed way back in 2004 — and it's scheduled to take effect this July. Legislators wanted to give foie gras farmers in California a chance to wind down operations and maybe switch to farming something else.


Sanden Totten, KPCC Reporter.

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