Earlier this week, in a welcome and long-awaited decision, U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson ended California’s two-and-half-year-old foie gras ban. Judge Wilson rejected the ban as unconstitutional, holding that it is preempted because it conflicts with the federal government’s Poultry Products Inspection Act.
Within hours, foie graswas already back on menus in the state. Many chefs and consumers are overjoyed.
“Before the ban, foie gras was the most popular item on our menu, and I expect it will be again starting tonight,” said chef Ken Frank, of Napa’s La Toque, on Thursday, the day the ban was lifted.
Another happy Californian is attorney Michael Tenenbaum, who represents the foie gras producers and sellers in the case.
“California’s attempt to ban the sale of foie gras was misguided from the start, and we’re all grateful that the court recognized this law as unconstitutional,” said Tenenbaum in an email to me late this week.