Ama­zon won’t sell foie gras in Cal­i­for­nia

The Sacramento Bee - - Business -

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

The suit 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 force­feed­ing 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 also agreed to pay

$100,000 in civil penal­ties and other costs, Lacey said.

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 said Ama­zon took steps to stop those sales af­ter it was con­tacted by prose­cu­tors.

Mak­ing foie gras in­volves feed­ing ducks and geese through a tube to en­large their livers — a process that an­i­mal rights ac­tivists said is painful and cruel.

A U.S. court blocked the ban in 2015, de­light­ing chefs who wanted to serve the del­i­cacy and lead­ing to protests by an­i­mal rights groups.

An ap­peals court ruled last year the ban was not pre-empted by fed­eral au­thor­ity to reg­u­late poul­try prod­ucts and said Cal­i­for­nia could en­force it.

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