Ama­zon set­tles case in­volv­ing sale of foie gras

The Mercury News - - Data -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Ama­zon has agreed not to sell foie gras in Cal­i­for­nia from birds that have been force-fed and pay civil penal­ties as part of a law­suit set­tle­ment, a pros­e­cu­tor said Fri­day.

The law­suit filed by pros­e­cu­tors in Los An­ge­les, Mon­terey and Santa Clara coun­ties ac­cused the gi­ant re­tailer of vi­o­lat­ing a 2004 state law ban­ning sales of the fatty duck and goose liver del­i­cacy if it was pro­duced by force-feed­ing birds.

A judge ap­proved the set­tle­ment Thurs­day be­tween Ama­zon and the three pros­e­cu­tors, Los An­ge­les County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jackie Lacey said.

Un­der the deal, Ama­zon agreed for the next five years not to sell foie gras banned by the state, pub­lish a pol­icy pro­hibit­ing third-party sell­ers from do­ing so and search Ama­zon.com for any vi­o­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

It also agreed to pay $100,000 in civil penal­ties, costs and resti­tu­tion.

A spokes­woman for Ama­zon said the com­pany was not com­ment­ing.

The pros­e­cu­tors ac­cused Ama­zon of il­le­gally sell­ing foie gras in Cal­i­for­nia on its web­site. Lacey and Mon­terey County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dean D. Flippo ac­knowl­edged Ama­zon took steps to stop those sales af­ter it was con­tacted by pros­e­cu­tors.

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