Federal judge lifts California foie gras ban
A federal judge has overturned a California law Wednesday that banned the sale of foie gras in the state.
The ruling by US District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson states the California ban was unconstitutional because federal authority on poultry products supersedes state law, according to the Associated Press.
The California law banning the sale of the delicacy passed in 2004, but went into effect two years ago. The law prohibits the force feeding of birds as well as the sale of products in the state if it is a result of force feeding a bird.
Last year the US Supreme Court threw out a challenge to the law supported by producers of the delicacy in New York and Canada as well as a number of other states on the grounds the law interfered with interstate commerce, news agencies reported.
Considered a culinary delicacy to some, while viewed as a violation of animal rights to others, foie gras is a food product made from a fatty goose or duck liver that is fattened by way force feeding.