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California foie gras ban gets legal challenge

Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Foie gras is seen in this file photo.

Foie gras is seen in this file photo. (KABC Photo)

California's newly-enacted ban on foie gras is already facing its first legal challenge.

The ban, which took effect July 1, prohibits products derived from force-fed birds. Foie gras is made from goose or duck livers that were enlarged by force-feeding ducks through funnel-like tubes.

A Canadian exporter of the fattened duck liver delicacy, a foie gras producer based in New York and a Southern California restaurateur claim the law isn't specific enough.

The plaintiffs said there is nothing in the law to measure when a bird has been fed "too much." They said the law violates the federal constitution's commerce clause.

The lawsuit seeks first a temporary, then permanent barring of the ban's enforcement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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