California's law prohibiting restaurants and retail stores from selling foie gras takes effect Sunday, July 1.
The law prohibits "a person from force-feeding a bird for purposes of enlarging the bird's liver beyond normal size" and also applies to foie gras produced outside California.
Violators face fines of up to $1,000.
However, the law does not apply to livers from birds fed in more normal ways -- although chefs say those livers aren't foie gras and don't have the flavor and velvety texture of foie gras -- and does not apply to an individual's possession and consumption of foie gras, which is French for "fat liver."
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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