Banned Foods in the U.S. and Why They’re Off-Limits
LoveFood, a website centered on food and lifestyle, has put together a list of such surprising foods and beverages that have encountered restrictions or bans over the years. The list includes banned foods from across the world. This includes items like kebabs, ketchup, poppy seeds, and popcorn.
Banned Foods, from raw almonds to rotten cheese.
Their list includes foods that are not allowed in the United States, such as raw almonds. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented a regulation mandating the pasteurization of all almonds in response to salmonella outbreaks. Additionally, according to their list, raw or unpasteurized milk is banned in more than 20 states. The list also mentions casu marzu, commonly known as “rotten cheese,” which is prohibited in both the European Union and the U.S. Casu marzu is a traditional Sardinian delicacy made by introducing larvae into Pecorino cheese.
Interestingly, the list features a chocolate egg, but the ban is not related to the food itself. Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned in the U.S. due to concerns regarding the toy concealed inside the chocolate egg, which is considered a safety hazard. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies a non-edible object enclosed within an edible one as a choking risk. There is an alternative product, Kinder Joy, which comprises two separately packaged halves. One contains chocolate and the other contains the toy.
Long -term food bans.
For an authentic taste of Scotland’s national dish haggis, you may be better off visiting the country itself. Although there are numerous variations, authentic haggis typically comprises minced pluck. This includes the liver, lungs, and heart of a sheep, blended with oats, onions, suet, salt, pepper, and various spices. The mixture is traditionally cooked inside the animal’s stomach. It’s worth mentioning that haggis has been banned in the United States for nearly fifty years due to the USDA deeming sheep lungs unsuitable for human consumption.
In January, a medical doctor and author submitted a petition to the USDA, urging the agency to revoke the long-standing prohibition. The petition filed by Jonathan Reisman asserts that the ban lacks scientific basis.
Take a look at some of the other foods that made their list here.