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Judge strikes down California's ban on foie gras

A California judge on Wednesday struck down the state's ban on foie gras, saying the restriction illegally trampled on the federal government's regulatory authority. The ruling will allow California restaurants to serve the delicacy, made with fatty liver from force-fed ducks and geese, for the first time in two years. "It goes on the menu tonight," said Ken Frank, chef and owner of La Toque in Napa. Lawmakers approved the ban in 2004 on the grounds that the process was inhumane, but the measure didn't take effect until eight years later.