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Foie gras prices are skyrocketing as Californians rush to buy before the July 1 ban.Foie gras, which is made from the liver of a specially fattened duck or goose, was banned by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 with an eight-year grace period.
Now foie gras is going for as much as $60 a pound, according to The Telegraph. And restaurants are serving $185 tasting menus of foie gras.
Foie gras is currently produced in France using a process called “gavage,” which has caused all the stir. A pipe placed down the ducks’ throats to force feed them several times a day for three weeks, and their livers can expand tenfold.
Hoping to prevent a black market, California will fine chefs up to $1,000 for breaking the ban.
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