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Old 06-20-2006, 09:01 AM   #1
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Legality of producing, selling, importing and consuming foie gras in the US?

I am well aware that - like bullfighting, meat eating, fur coats, etc. - some people are opposed to foie gras on moral grounds.
I don't wish to go there, but I would like to know what the legal status of foie gras is in the US.
I've read that California will shortly be banning foie gras production, and that the city of Chicago has prohibited its sale in Windy City restaurants.

Is it legal to make foie gras is most parts of the country?
Where else can it not be legally produced or sold?
Is there any chance of the prohibition spreading?

Is foie gras readily available in American cities? Only in canned form?
Can you buy fresh foie gras?
What do US customs say about bringing the stuff into the country?

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:47 AM   #2
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Check out the article the link takes you to. It addresses several of your questions.

http://articles.news.aol.com/news/ar...02082109990015
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:01 AM   #3
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Oh, for goodness sake. Ducks are food.
I wish these people would spend their energies advocating for hungry or abused children instead.
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:42 AM   #4
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Well said Constance and it seems Daley thinks the same as well ...

"We have children getting killed by gang leaders and dope dealers. We have real issues here in this city. And we're dealing with foie gras? Let's get some priorities," Daley told the Chicago Sun-Times."

But other than the cities mentioned, I think it is still available in most areas. I don't think you could find it around here but that's simply because there wouldn't be the market.
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:47 PM   #5
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Thank you Andy. Your link sums the situation up nicely.

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Old 06-21-2006, 12:11 AM   #6
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but, but, ya gotta be kind to our web footed friends.

for a duck might be somebody's mother...
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:57 AM   #7
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Alex, you had some great answers. Maybe I can add a tad.

The only two producer of duck foie gras in the US (as far as I know there is no goose foie gras produced here) is in California and New York, and it looks like CA manufacture is coming to an end.

There apparently are attempts to outlaw the production in New York.

Add to this the banning of foie gras production in Israel a few years ago (it was a large producer and supplier to France), and yes it seems the effort to ban the force feeding of geese and ducks is spreading.

Fresh foie gras can be imported into the US, I think, although there was a suspension of importation from France by the USDA in 2004. But you would have to check on it. Have found sources on the web that say they will ship fresh livers to the US, but have no experience.

The one producer in New York I have heard of is Hudson Valley Fois Gras.

Yes, one can purchase fresh foie gras in some of the more upscale markets here. Whether they sell the French stuff, I don't know.

That is about all I know concerning foie gras, except that we love the stuff and had best start thinking about eating some while we still can.

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Old 06-21-2006, 01:12 AM   #8
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Kinda pricey, though.
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:58 AM   #9
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Did Buckytom grow up watching too much Mitch Miller???

Humm ... maybe an idea for a "retirement" industry ... Texas Fois Gras!
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Old 06-21-2006, 03:17 AM   #10
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lol michael, i knew someone would know that.

i'm not sure if it's appropriate, but can someone explain to me (this carnivore with all of the beleif of the dominion over animals), how foie gras made? i'm asking for a technical description, without judgement, so alix and gb don't have to tell me to shut up again.

let each be his/her own judge.
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