Fee To Be Charged For Foie Gras In Calif. Eateries

Restaurants in California will soon be banned from serving foie gras. If people want to bring their own and eat the delicacy in the restaurant, they will have to pay a fee.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And you may want to Google our last word in business today. That word is foie-kage. It's kind of like corkage, the fee restaurants charge to open a bottle of wine that you've brought in with you.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Foie-kage is the fee that Californians will have to pay if they want to eat foie gras - fatty goose or duck liver. They'll have to bring their own because starting thanks week, restaurants will be banned from serving the delicacy.

MONTAGNE: Animal rights activists fought for the ban because they say it's cruel to force feed the birds with tubes to fatten them up.

WERTHEIMER: Californians can still order or bring in the fancy liver from out of state. Several chefs say they're willing to serve it for that funny-sounding fee. And chefs who defy the ban and put foie-gras on the menu will pay their own fee - up to a $1,000 citation.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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