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California Foie Gras Ban Challenged in the Courts

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California Foie Gras Ban Challenged in the Courts

The Foie Gras ban in California which came into effect on the 1st July is to be challenged in the courts.

A team of restaurant owners, producers and farmers have joined forces and filed a Suit in a federal court in Los Angeles to challenge the law which they say is 'unconstitutional, overreaching and vague.'

Reports in the San Francisco Chronicle claim the group is made up of a wide ranging mix of people and proffesions. The group is made up a Canadian duck farming trade organisation, a New York producer Hudson Valley Foie Gras and an La based restaurant group.

The law which came into effect on the 1st of July bans the force feeding of geese to produce Foie Gras but the group argue that it's 'unenforceable' because it's unclear what constitutes force feeding and that the responsibility of knowing how a product was produced should not be placed on the distributor. They also claim that the law which was passed state wide actually interferes with international commerce.

It won't be the first time a state in America has back tracked after banning a food - in 2006 the city of Chicago passed a ban on Foie Gras only for it to be overturned two years later.

California is the first state in America to ban the food which many people find inhumane because of the way some producers force feed (or Gavache) Geese to produce the Foie.

It will be interesting to see if the suit picks up any traction in the courts and whether or not the court agree that the ban is unconstitutional.

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