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California's foie gras ban overturned

Before the ban, a chef prepares a foie gras with shishido peppers dish in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
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Before the ban, a chef prepares a foie gras with shishido peppers dish in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

After passing in 2004 and taking effect in 2012, California's foie gras ban has officially been overturned.

A U.S. District Court judge struck down the law in a Wednesday ruling, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing the pro-foie gras lobby. That group, led by producers from the U.S. and Canada, argued that the legislation was vague and violated federal interstate commerce laws.

The French delicacy, which is itself becoming less popular in France, has long been controversial as the practice of force-feeding of geese and ducks to create fatty livers seems cruel to some.

An appeals court denied a stay against the law's enforcement in 2013, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of the decision in 2014, the Chronicle reported.

Reaction on social media has been mixed.