Date: July 02 2012
LOS ANGELES. Californian foie gras fans stuffed themselves at last suppers over the weekend before a ban on the delicacy finally comes into force after years of wrangling.
But even before today's deadline, devotees of the prized French foodstuff - fatty liver, made by force-feeding ducks or geese - have been working on ways to get round the ban.
From today, anyone selling or making foie gras in California faces a $US1000 ($A976) fine, under a law passed in 2004 that gave the state's only foie gras producer 7½ years to comply.
While animal rights groups hailed the law - pushed through by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - foie gras supporters said they hoped it would eventually be repealed.
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