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Bringing foie gras into CA

letsindulge Oct 16, 2012 02:54 PM

Can I bring foie gras that I purchase out of state into CA on a plane either packed, or hand carried in a cooler? It will be for my consumption, and will not be sold. If so, is there a "limit"? TIA.

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    JudiAU Oct 16, 2012 04:54 PM

    The law doesn't address personal transportation.

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      cacruden Oct 17, 2012 10:12 AM

      State law cannot interfere with interstate commerce. I suspect that it can only regulate local businesses, so if you bring it in for your own consumption there would be no way a state law would hold up in court.

      1. raytamsgv Oct 17, 2012 03:42 PM

        It should be fine as long as you don't sell it.

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        1. re: raytamsgv
          ipsedixit Oct 17, 2012 08:15 PM

          And even if you did, no one would care.

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          cook262 Oct 17, 2012 05:38 PM

          Yes you can. It is on D'artagnan's website that you can bring in the fresh foie gras to CA...just can't sell it.

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            HillJ Oct 18, 2012 09:42 AM

            The DEA is gonna smile...you smuggler you! Whole new security clearance category foie gras smuggler...(jk!) enjoy!

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              cacruden Oct 18, 2012 10:22 AM

              DEA is federal, the feds are not going to do anything. Creating a state law is the state pandering to animal rights activists.... it should be a federal law if you feel it is justified, since it affects interstate commerce (which is constitutionally a federal power to regulate).

              1. re: cacruden
                HillJ Oct 18, 2012 10:29 AM

                I was teasing, cacruden...wow. This is serious business foie gras...sorry if I offended you. My brother is a DEA agent...he would have laughed at me.

                1. re: HillJ
                  cacruden Oct 18, 2012 10:32 AM

                  Did you take it that I was offended? Hmmm, have that problem sometimes :o Maybe it is just because I get annoyed at the general public in Canada and United States not having a proper understanding of Federal vs State/Provincial responsibilities/jurisdiction. It leads each level to duplicate what the other is doing and in the end only causes a mess and waste of money. Now-a-days businesses have to deal with so many different levels of government regulating the same things in different ways when it should just be streamlined.

                  I don't have a duck in the fight since if I have have anything I just make my own chicken liver pate :p

                  1. re: cacruden
                    HillJ Oct 18, 2012 10:35 AM

                    well, you seem to feel you needed to explain the DEA to me...so yeah, I wasn't sure where you were going with that comment.

                    chicken liver pate won't get you 5-10 either :)

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              Dave_in_PA Oct 18, 2012 10:05 AM

              perhaps you could start a movement to legalize it for medical use.

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                cacruden Oct 18, 2012 10:19 AM


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                  seamunky Oct 18, 2012 02:04 PM

                  hahaha! medicinal fois gras! But Doctor, I have low cholesterol!

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