Foie Gras is Once Again Legal in California, Judge Rules

A district judge has ruled that California’s ban on foie gras is unconstitutional

Chefs all over the state are celebrating the return of foie gras, while animal rights groups have promised to work an appeal. 

California’s ban on the sale of fatty goose liver, or foie gras, has been invalidated by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson, who ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it interferes with an existing federal law that regulates poultry products, reports The Los Angeles Times.

Groups opposing the sale of foie gras, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society plan to ask California's Attorney General to file an appeal.

The state’s ban on foie gras, which went into effect in 2012, has since been challenged by a number of California chefs.

“I’ve been jumping up and down for about 90 minutes,” Napa Valley chef Ken Frank, told The Los Angeles Times. Another chef, Michael Cimarusti, compared the ruling to the end of Prohibition.


“First and foremost I am very happy for my guests, I know the people of California have missed their foie,” chef Ludo Lefebvre told The Los Angeles Times. “Speaking as a French chef, it is an important ingredient and part of the legacy of French cooking, so I am thrilled to be able to add it to the menus of Petit Trois and Trois Mec."