Court action limits shelf life for foie gras in California

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2003, file photo, Jorge Vargas uses a funneled pipe to force-feed a measured dose of corn mush to a Moulard duck in its pen at Sonoma Foie Gras in Farmington, Calif. If you're a lover of liver from duck or geese, your days of gorging on the delicacy are numbered in California. A state ban of the dish known as foie gras was upheld after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, to hear an appeal by farms that raised the engorged birds and chefs who served the luxury pate. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In t his July 17, 2012, file photo, a diner spreads foie gras, made from the liver of ducks or geese, onto bread during lunch at the Presidio Social Club restaurant in San Francisco. A state ban of foie gras was upheld after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, to hear an appeal by farms that raised the engorged birds and chefs who served the luxury pate. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - This Sept. 15, 2017, file photo shows a Foie Gras Torchon sandwich at the Naked Lunch restaurant in San Francisco. A state ban of the dish known as foie gras was upheld after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, to hear an appeal by chefs who served the luxury pate and farms that raise the engorged ducks and geese for their liver. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

LOS ANGELES — If you're a lover of liver from duck or geese, your days of gorging on the delicacy are numbered in California.

A state ban of the dish known as foie gras (fwah-GRAH') was upheld after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by farms that raise the engorged birds and chefs who served the luxury pate.

A federal appeals court that upheld the ban in 2017 must issue a final order for the ban to take effect.

The issue has been simmering in courts for years since lawmakers in 2004 barred California farmers from producing it because the birds are force fed.

Farmers in Canada and New York and a restaurant challenged part of the law that banned liver produced out of state from being sold.

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