Foie gras could become faux pas in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY - One day, restaurant patrons might hear just that if New Jersey lawmakers join a growing movement against the fatty prepared livers of ducks and geese, the stuff of epicures' dreams -- and animal advocates' nightmares -- for 5,000 years.
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On Tuesday, Chicago began enforcing a ban on the dish. California is phasing it out by 2012, and similar laws have been under consideration in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Oregon. Even Philadelphia -- famously fond of the cholesterol-loaded cheese steak -- is thinking about outlawing foie gras, itself more or less a hunk of saturated fat.

Now, a lawmaker from Bergen County wants to ban the animals' force-feeding -- a preemptive strike should any pate farmers want to set up shop in New Jersey. So far, according to the state Department of Agriculture, the state lacks any such farms.

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