Andronico's Nixes Foie Gras
Upscale Bay Area grocery chain Andronico's has pulled foie gras from its meat cases. A press release from the Animal Protection & Rescue League, the San Diego organization that helped stage an anti-foie-gras protest in front of Jardiniere last Saturday, quotes Andronico's buyer Tracey Colla calling production of the fattened duck livers "inhumane."
As of this posting, an Andronico's spokesperson hadn't returned a call seeking comment. But a random call to the Irving Street store confirmed that an internal memo had recently circulated, calling on meat departments to stop selling the luxury goodie. On its Web site, Andronico's says it is "committed" to being "clean and green," and suggests the benefits of animals being treated "humanely on sustainable farms," without actually stating that the chain sells only pastured or antibiotic-free meats.
Whole Foods has had a zero foie-gras policy since 1997. In March, city supes passed a symbolic resolution commending restaurants that spurn the increasingly controversial ingredient. California's total ban on the sale and production of foie gras goes into effect in 2012.