The office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris will appeal the January 2015 decision overturning the state’s ban on foie gras, according to a notice of appeal filed in California federal court. Association des Éleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Québec v. Harris, No. 12-5735 (U.S. Dist. Ct., C.D. Cal., notice of appeal filed February 4, 2015).
The prohibition was found to impose “[m]arking, labeling, packaging, or ingredient requirements” that interfered with the free flow of poultry products in violation of the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act. The AG’s 1-page notice of appeal cited no arguments supporting its challenge. Additional details about the district court decision appear in Issue 550 of this Update.