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Jan 4, 2013 04:54 PM

Flying with foie gras carry on

Does anyone know if it's possible to carry on foie gras (fresh, not canned)? Specifically, would this be possible if flying to California where foie gras is banned?

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  1. I'm no TSA agent or lawyer, but my understanding is there are no meat restrictions on domestic travel within the US. Unless the California law is significantly different than when Chicago had a similarly absurd law, there is likely no prohibition on private citizens possessing it, only on restaurants/stores selling it.

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    1. re: GourmetWednesday

      Here's what Wikipedia says about the California law:

      "This outlaws the traditional method of producing foie gras in California. The law went into effect on July 1, 2012.[3][4]

      The law does not prohibit the consumption of foie gras, giving it as a gift, or its importation from outside California."

    2. No restrictions as the others have mentioned, but the hardest part will be keeping it cool. TSA won't allow ice packs so you'd need to see if one of the concessions will give you some.

      1. I see a lot of these threads and really don't get it.

        Save yourself the headache and just order foie gras from Dartagnan. Its perfectly legal to buy foie on the internet and have it shipped to you in california.

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        1. re: twyst

          Cost for one. The price for shipping meats and other perishables can often be prohibitive never mind the often inflated prices of online sellers.

          The cost to ship what I just brought home is more than what I paid for the meat.

          1. re: foodieX2

            Luckily Dartagnan and hudson valley do a lot of shipping and are able to offer really low rates. The prices are competitive with anything local here and overnight shipping is under $20.

            I think the reason most people are choosing to carry on is because they don't realize they can just order it online and have it the next day.

            1. re: twyst

              But why pay the $20 bucks if you don't have to? I was there, my flight was paid for so why pay more? I honestly don't get that.

              I assume the OP is flying to CA anyway, not booking a flight to bring the foie gras.

              1. re: foodieX2

                $20 to have your foie gras arrive properly cooled and without running the risk of some TSA idiot hassle you and having to spend an extra 20 minutes at airport security seems like a bargain.

                Lets not forget if you carry on foie gras you are essentially going to have to carry non-iced offal for a period of time. Organ meats go bad extremely quickly if not kept at proper temperature. $20 to have foie that is properly cared for seems a small price to pay.

        2. I just flew with 2 pounds of meat (corn beef and pastrami) along with fresh (not commercial) loaf of bread with no issues accpet jealousy.

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          1. re: foodieX2

            yo foodiex2, just curious. how did you pack the meat? in a cooler chest with blue ice? carry on? checked luggage?

            1. re: escargot3

              I carried it on In an insulated shopping bag. Still cold and delish by the time I got home! Bread was ever so lightly squished from the overhead bin.

              1. re: foodieX2

                How long was your trip? I'm wondering how long it would stay cold in an insulated shopping bag.

                1. re: taos

                  All and all about 8-9 hours but part of that time would been in the trunk of a cab (freezing in NYC) and in the trunk of our car (freezing in Bean town too).

          2. I always bring food on flights, never had a problem with TSA.