With the foie gras ban just around the corner, restaurants, retail specialty food stores and individual consumers have less than 30 days left to purchase foie gras in the state of California. There are, however, ways for foie gras connoisseurs in California to continue to enjoy the unique delicacy.
July 1, 2012 is the date on which the production and sale of foie gras will no longer be legal in California. California State Senate Bill No. 1520 (SB 1520), referred to as the “California foie gras ban”, prohibits force feeding birds and the sale of any product “if it is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size”. Beginning July 1, 2012, SB 1520 authorizes police officers to issue citations of up to $1000 per violation per day. California restaurants will be forced to remove foie gras dishes from their menus, or risk getting fined.
SB 1520 was introduced by Democratic California State Senator John Burton on February 19, 2004, and was swiftly approved by the Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on September 29, 2004. Nearly eight years later, the ban will be enforced beginning July 1, 2012, preventing foie gras connoisseurs from freely enjoying the popular delicacy in the state of California.
The CHEFS coalition (Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards) is still actively working to repeal the ban, or at least define acceptable California foie gras production standards. However, nothing solid has been accomplished yet. Restaurants, specialty food stores, and individuals who enjoy foie gras hope that eventually the ban will be repealed, but in the meantime, Mirepoix USA has made arrangements to try to satisfy our customer’s desire for foie gras, while still respecting the legislation.
According to legal council, internet orders with a billing and/or shipping address in California will be considered a violation of the law. Therefore, no orders can be shipped to California after July 1st. This includes all foie gras products, and any other item produced from a foie gras duck (duck salami, duck breasts, duck fat, duck prosciutto, etc…). Even orders placed with an out of state billing address could be considered a California sale if the product is shipped to California.
The following options are available for those who want to enjoy foie gras in the state of California:
STOCK UP AND SAVE: Mirepoix USA is offering Hudson Valley and Rougie foie gras packages, which have been discounted by 15 – 30%. All the discounted packages can be easily identified–just look for the bright green “Stock up and Save” images. All foie gras orders shipping to California must be placed by June 28th. Most items advertised in this sale have an 18 – 24 month shelf life when properly stored in the freezer. Buy Foie Gras
SAN FRANCISCO FOIE GRAS TASTING: On Thursday, June 21nd, Mirepoix USA will be holding a special event featuring foie gras appetizers such as foie gras ice cream on ginger snaps with aged balsamic vinegar, white and dark chocolate foie gras truffles, foie gras cured with lavender sea salt, and seared foie gras sandwich with duck bacon, spicy tomato jam and pea shoots. Bourassa premium wines will be expertly paired with each foie gras appetizer. The event will be held in downtown San Francisco from 7 – 9 pm.
Some Hudson Valley Foie Gras products will be available for purchase at the event while supplies last.
PICK UP LOCATION IN RENO, NEVADA: We are arranging to have a physical location in Reno Nevada where foie gras can be purchased, stored in an insulated box with gel ice, and transported back to California. A Las Vegas location is also being considered.
If you know others who enjoy foie gras, please help spread the word about the options Mirepoix USA is offering.