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Oct 31, 2010 06:19 PM

Foie gras

Does anyone sell it in New York?

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  1. it has not been available kosher in years

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    1. re: koshergourmetmart

      They sell it in Paris. they have in in tins in the kosher shops, but the tins require refrigeration. I would think that someone would import it.

      1. re: AdinaA

        It was imported at one point in the early 2000s, iirc.

        1. re: DeisCane

          I think the Federal govt no longer allows it to be imported, maybe something related to Mad Cow disease years back.

          1. re: susiejane

            Mad Cow? Um . . . isn't foie gras goose liver?

            I think the ban might have more to do with the controversial way the geese are fattened up to make the pate.

            1. re: queenscook

              Pretty sure it's just a business decision. There is imported treyf foie gras available

              1. re: DeisCane

                In France (possibly elsewhere) canned foie is often only semi-cooked, but I'm pretty sure none of that is supposed to be importable - only the the fully cooked, "sterilized" shelf stable versions can be (legally) brought into the US.

        2. re: AdinaA

          Not all do. I received a couple of tins from a friend in France that did not require refrigeration.

        1. re: DeisCane

          i emailed them and they said "No that item is not available at this moment"

        2. I have 5 cans of foie gras that I brought back from Paris. I brought it back in a cooler with ice packs and it arrived fine. Thankfully, many people won't eat it so there is more for me. Good wine, homemade bread and fois gras is the greatest meal ever. I even eat it bt myself when I'm in need of comfort.

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          1. re: sharonlebewohl

            did you have any problems w/customs? where did you hide them?

            1. re: koshergourmetmart

              There's no restriction on travelers bringing canned foie gras into the U.S.

              1. re: ferret

                are you sure b/c usa today had an article about bringing food to the US here and it says "But don't even think about canned corned beef from Dublin or smoky, Spanish chorizo. And foie gras, even cooked and canned? At your peril."

                1. re: koshergourmetmart

                  I can't guarantee what the policy is today (seems to change with every food scare) but my understanding is that tinned pure foie gras is okay but that there are foie gras products that also contain pork products which are not, so if you encounter an inspector with an incomplete knowledge of the regulations they may prohibit you from bringing it in. In the rare chance that happens you could always argue it up the food chain.

              2. re: koshergourmetmart

                I had absolutely no problems. I spread them around so that I wasn't carrying all of it, but I certainly didn't hide it. I declared it with no problems.

            2. Aaron's lists it for sale, and they ship refrigerated. I haven't ordered it yet, waiting for a special occasion.


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              1. re: AdinaA

                Yes Aarons Gourmet does sell it. I stopped by there in December to pick up some meat and they had two full livers for sale.

                All the meat is glatt and they are closed on shabbat. Although the rabbi who gives the hashgacha is the same guy that gives it to 2nd avenue deli so it may not be cool with everyone. They do have an amazing selection of kosher meats.