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Jan 4, 2013 04:56 PM

Flying with foie gras


Does anyone know if it's possible to carry on foie gras (fresh, not canned)? I want to bring some back on a flight from Chicago.

  1. If you're not coming from out of the country, there's no problem with having meat in your checked luggage. I would not chance it in a carry-on, even if there's no rule against it some TSA agent might think it was potentially explosive.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I agree with Robert. Guaranteed OK in checked luggage, 50-50 with TSA in carry on. Not worth the risk for a $120 lobe.

    2. Ive had trouble with sealed food packages at airport security in the past. I would probably just order online and have it shipped to you in california (AFAIK it's still legal to buy it on an out of state website like and have it shipped in.)

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      1. re: twyst

        I completely agree with you. Here'swht D'Artagnan has to say:

        California customers -- Please note that, as of July 1, 2012, California law prohibits the sale of foie gras within the state of California. While the law does allow for us to sell to you through our website and for you to consume the product, there may be restrictions on your ability to resell them within your own state.

        Bringing it n the airplane will be problematic inorder to keep it cold. And unless its a separate, chilled package in your checked bags, then that's problem also. I'm glad I have half a lobe still in my freezer from last June from Sonoma Foie :(

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