15 Foods That Are Banned in the U.S.

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Both the FDA and the USDA enforce food laws and regulations to keep consumers safe. Some foods that are legal in other countries are banned in the US for this reason alone. It is believed that they pose a threat to health. However, there are other reasons why food is specifically banned in the US, in particular to protect endangered species or prevent animal cruelty.

Find out which 15 foods are banned in the US or at least in some states.

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The FDA banned the sale of all food products containing embedded non-nutritious items about 80 years ago, and European Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs containing non-edible toys fall into this category. The hollow candy egg is a hit overseas, and there have been several petitions and campaigns that have been trying to legalize it in the US for several years.

The product will remain blocked for sale for the time being, as it is classified as choking hazard. However, this does not mean that no attempts have yet been made to import it. According to an article from the Wall Street JournalSince 2018, the US Customs and Border Guard since 2011 had confiscated over 160,000 children Surprise eggs from the luggage and international mail. From 2018, however, a different version of the chocolate treat called Kinder Joy will be available in the USA. The package keeps the toy separate from the candy, with each side of the egg wrapped in plastic wrap.

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Of course, it is not illegal to eat horse meat in the US. However, it is illegal to slaughter horses. By default, the consumption of horsemeat is prohibited or – at least – extremely difficult. President Trump renewed the meat slaughter ban for horses in March 2018. As with other animals, it is not illegal (or taboo) to eat horses in other countries like China, where there is one of the largest horsemeat markets.

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Believe it or not, shark fins are not completely prohibited in the United States. Currently, only 12 countries maintain an official ban on the sale of shark fins. In US waters, however, the actual finning of sharks has been illegal since the year 2000. Shark finning is prohibited as it is considered animal cruelty, as fins are cut off from live sharks to throw them overboard and expose them to a terrible experience. Nevertheless, 10 of the 12 states that have banned the sale of shark fins allow restaurants to serve the meat. Shark fin soup is considered a luxury dish in several Asian countries, especially in China.

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This whimsical-looking fish contains an extremely toxic poison called tetrodotoxin in its skin and even in certain organs. It is well known that this toxin causes paralysis and even death. In that sense, you may wonder why someone wants to consume this dish? Apparently, it is considered a delicacy in the sushi world, where it is commonly known as Fugu. The consumption of fish is almost completely banned in the United States, with the exception of a few sellers who are allowed to own a license.

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Haggis is a hearty pudding made from a mixture of sheep's heart, lungs and liver, including oatmeal, chopped onions, rocket and broth. The pudding is usually presented in the stomach of the sheep and served to guests. Traditionally, it is consumed at Burns Night in Scotland, a nationwide event honoring the Scottish poet Robert Burns. However, those with Scottish heritage living in the US can not eat haggis due to the USDA ban on selling sheep's lung 47 years ago. The ban was imposed on the occurrence of the degenerative disease scrapie, which affects the central nervous system of sheep.

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Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. However, if the fruit is immature, it contains high levels of the toxin hypoglycine A, which inhibits the body's ability to release blood sugar (blood sugar). This can lead to people falling into a state of hypoglycaemia, a condition in which the level of glucose is too low, causing vomiting, ultimately causing dehydration and even death. The import of raw fruits was banned in 1973 by the FDA. However, you can continue to buy canned or frozen Ackee fruits in the United States whose toxin concentration is low enough.

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As of 2005, the United States Fish and Wildlife Authorities prohibited imports of Beluga caviar and other Beluga products, which, according to a New York Times Article, formerly had a price tag of $ 200 an ounce. The caviar comes from the wild sturgeon Beluga and is the main reason why the fish has been threatened with extinction ever since. The ban was imposed in the hope of preventing the extinction of the species.

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While the root bark of the Sassafras plant has been used by Native Americans to treat diseases such as fever and rheumatism in the past, Sassafras oil gives a different result. There is a compound in sassafras oil called Safrol, which is a known carcinogen. The FDA had already imposed a ban on Sassafrassöl in the 1960s. However, extracts from the roots of the plant are legal unless they contain safron.

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Casu Marzu is often referred to as rotten cheese because it is infected with living maggots. Pecorino cheese, made from unpasteurised sheep's milk, contains the larvae of a particular fly. These maggots obviously facilitate the fermentation of the cheese. Once the larvae hatch, they begin to eat through the cheese, effectively softening it. The cheese is then served with the maggots still in it. Casu Marzu has been a tradition in Sardinia, Itay for many years. However, the EU and the US banned the cheese for health reasons.

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If you have seen the show New GirI already know the forbidden powers Absinth has, probably already. As long as the alcoholic beverage contains less than 100 ppm of thujone – the toxic chemical contained in the wormwood herb from which the alcohol is made – it is a legally addictive hallucinogen in the US.

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This tiny, rare songbird was a former French delicacy served exclusively to royal and wealthy gourmets. The sale of Ortolan became illegal in France in 1999, 20 years after the EU classified it as a protected species. The US also banned the sale and import of birds the size of a thumb weighing less than an ounce.

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The Queen Conch is described as a large marine mollusc, typically 6 to 9 inches in length. According to NOAA Fisheries, harvesting recreational uses in US Federal waters is generally prohibited. The species is often consumed in Turks and Caicos Islands, although it is threatened with extinction.

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Although foie gras is a celebrated French cuisine delicacy, its manufacture is unethical, and the Chicago City Council banned the production and sale of the court from 2006 to 2008. More recently, the State of California has officially banned the sale of the delicacy, after previous trials had been challenged in previous years. Foie gras is the fatty liver that comes from either ducks or geese. The liver is fattened by force-feeding the animal with grain and fat until the liver swells. As you can imagine, this is so uncomfortable for the bird that he begins to rip out his feathers or hurt each other out of fear. A nationwide ban must still be enforced. Perhaps, however, the successful ban on California is emerging this year.

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As of now, only certified Chilean sea bass fishing boats are allowed to harvest and sell the fish in the USA. In addition, the FDA regulates the number of fish that each boat is allowed to catch. It is illegal to fish for Chilean sea bass in the US without certification because it is overfished and as a result the species decreases.

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Sea turtles are caught and killed for their flesh. In 2007, the US Fish and Wildlife Service reported that conservationists in Calfornia alone consume an estimated 35,000 sea turtles a year. According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, "The sea turtles in the United States and their waters are legally protected under the Endangered Species Act, which lists the hawk beak, leatherback, Kemps ridley, and green turtle as endangered. The fool is classified as threatened. "

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