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10 banned foods in the US

Posted by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM
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At one moment or another, we have probably all said it: "I would never eat that!"

Just as people around the world have different customs and beliefs, we also all have different food preferences and different ideas as to what we consider "weird" or downright "disgusting." Culture and traditions in different countries also dictate what types of foods generally are considered delicacies, and so while people in Chinamay enjoy chicken feet, many Americans would shrug away a plate of these crispy bites. But with some foods and drinks, it is more than just a question of preference: Countries all over the world have their own lists of edible items that are banned from being imported or consumed.

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There has been much talk about the U.S. government allowing Americans to consume ingredients that are banned in other countries, many of which are potentially harmful to our health. But on the other side of it, there are several food items other countries happily eat, which in the United States are put on the "No" list. 

Federal and state governments in the States have either fully or partially banned several items, some of which might seem obvious — like the deadly Japanese blowfish — while others, quite surprising. Until this year, the popular European Kinder Surprise toy-filled chocolate egg was banned in the U.S., as the government thought the hidden toy was too dangerous for children. The legality of other items is still being debated: Formerly banned horse meat is slowly finding its way back to the legal side of meat industy, while the sought-after delicacy foie gras has been banned in California.

Are you eager to know more foods and drinks that are banned in America? Click here to see our slideshow of 10 Foods and Drinks Banned or Restricted in America.

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conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

The Taiwanese food-specialty 'pig’s blood cake,' is banned in America.


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Pig’s Blood Cake

The Taiwanese food-specialty of pig's blood and rice mixed together and put on a stick is banned by the USDA, as the preparation method is considered "unsanitary." Still, tourists and locals seems to enjoy this dish, but for now — not in the U.S.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Haggis

The traditional Scottish staple Haggis has been banned in America since 1971, as the USDA put a restriction on eating one of its main ingredients, sheep’s lung. The dish, a savory "pudding," also includes ingredients such as sheep's heart and liver, and is cooked in a sheep's stomach.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Casu Marzu

The Sardinian specialty Casu Marzu, or "Maggot Cheese," is prepared by letting a type of cheese fly lay eggs in pecorino cheese, promoting advanced fermentation. As the larvae hatch and eat through the cheese, it softens, and is ready to be eaten. The possible health risks of eating larvae, as well as the fact that the cheese is unpasteurized, makes it 

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Sassafras Oil

Sassafras oil, an oil taken from the bark of the sassafras tree, used to be an ingredient in root beer. But after research showed that the ingredient could cause cancer, a ban on sassafras oil was set in effect in the 1960s.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM


Shark Fin

Shark fins are a Chinese delicacy, but the often cruel fishing methods — slicing, or "finning," the shark’s fin and letting the shark back in the water to die — has raised opposition for the sales of the food item. In America, finning is illegal, but imported shark fins are still allowed except in California, where a total ban on both sales and distribution is in place.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM


Fugu (Japanese Blowfish)

The Japanese blowfish, fugu, is highly toxic, and can easily be fatal if prepared wrong. Despite this (or perhaps because of it?) it’s considered a delicacy in Japan. If you dare, a few places in America do serve blowfish, but it is illegal to sell, harvest, or serve fugu without a license. In Europe, the fish is totally banned.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Unpasteurized Milk

Unpasteurized milk, or raw milk, is widely consumed throughout the world, but it's banned in several American states as it has been linked to the spread of the E. coli bacteria. At the moment, 17states have a total ban on raw milk for human consumption, while others have partial banns on sales.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Absinthe

Absinthe was long banned in the U.S because of a compound called thujone, which is toxic in excessive amounts. The elixir is also believed to be hallucinogenic. Though absinthe is technically legal in the country today, there is a rule stating that it must be thujone-free — something that might be hard to control.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Horse Meat

Until recent, the U.S government held a ban on "slaughtering horses for human consumption," but has now given permission for one slaughterhouse in New Mexico to reopen. Several more slaughterhouses have filed requests with USDA for similar permits, but for now, strict inspections must be passed for those wanting legal authority to sell horse meat. In parts of Asia, Latin America, and Europe, horse meat is not an uncommon ingredient in the kitchen.

conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Foie Gras

Foie gras, often considered a luxurious delicacy, has recently been surrounded by controversy, as California has upheld its law banning the sales of foie gras made from force-fed geese. Animal rights groups are now working on getting a ban in effect in the rest of the country, starting with New York. But for now, the rest of the country, and most of the world, can still enjoy foie gras without breaking the law.

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