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Thứ Bảy, 7 tháng 10, 2017

Top 10 Strange Foods that are Banned in the US

We all know that doughnuts and pizza won’t do any favors for your health, but what are the foods that are too unhealthy that a government decides to ban them altogether?
It’s true that we love food and can get almost any desired goodie at restaurants, markets, farms, and grocery stores, that we never think there might be some foods that are totally banned.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had banned many foods from being sold, eaten, or imported nationwide due to their low safety levels, (even though it has different regulations when it comes to allowing additives and chemicals in food than other parts of the world.)
Let’s take a look at this list of the top 10 foods that are surprisingly banned in the United States.


Haggis is a kind of pudding made from the liver, lungs, and heart of a sheep, combined with oatmeal and beef and seasoned with cayenne peppers, onions, and other spices. This combination is then packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled. It is usually served along with mashed potatoes and turnips. In fact, haggis is the national dish of Scotland.
At present, haggis is banned from being imported into the US. In 1971, the United States banned all foods that are composed of animal lungs. Scotland has attempted many times to influence the US into lifting the ban on this food and changing federal food safety regulations, but they have failed each time.

The beluga sturgeon is the largest of its kind, measuring more than 4.5 m/15 ft long and weighing more than 900 kg/2,000 lb. Surprisingly, it can take up to 25 years for the female beluga to become mature and able to produce eggs. Beluga caviar has different color shades, varying from dark to light gray. Their pearls have a mild buttery flavor and are the extremely delicate. In 2005, the US banned beluga caviar from import because of excessive fishing.
The United States was consuming about 60% of the world’s beluga caviar, which is regarded as the king of caviar due to its price of $200 per ounce. In fact, consumers of beluga caviar were too many that the available stock declined by 90%! Unfortunately, the black market and poaching are the reasons behind overfishing of the beluga.

Raw milk, or unpasteurized milk, comes directly from an animal’s udder and hasn’t been pasteurized to kill any bacteria. Raw milk has a higher risk of foodborne illnesses due to contamination with harmful bacteria than pasteurized milk.
The interstate sale or distribution of raw milk in the US is banned by the FDA, but states can adopt their own laws regarding the sale of raw milk. Consuming unpasteurized milk is actually legal in all 50 states, but 20 states forbid the sale of raw milk. 13 states allow the sales of raw milk in retail stores, and 17 allow the sale of raw milk only in the farm in which it was produced.
Some people believe that raw milk is more nutritious and offers good bacteria, but several states that allow raw milk sale require a warning label to inform consumers about the risk of pathogens in the milk.

Sassafras oil is derived from the dried root bark of the sassafras tree. Several Native American tribes used this herb for a variety of medicinal purposes, including treating fevers, urinary disorders, and acne. Sassafras was also used in Chinese medicine to help treat trauma and rheumatism.
Actually, the twigs from the plant’s twigs were used in the past as toothbrushes, and sassafras was an ancient disinfectant and anesthetic. assafras was included in several distinct foods in the United States, and it was a key ingredient in many tea varieties and root beers.
All sassafras oil, safrole, and bark are banned from use as food additives or flavorings by the FDA. Sassafras is no longer considered safe for human consumption since it was linked to cancer. Moreover, an overdose of sassafras oil can cause poisoning.

The ortolan is a tiny songbird that weighs less than one ounce. This bird is cooked for 8 minutes and served with its head attached, and it was once a controversial dish in France. The little birdie is meant to be eaten whole, including its bones and head.
Hunt and sale of the ortolan were banned in France in the 90s, yet poachers continued to catch the small bird and sell it to local restaurants. After the ban, the ortolan population dropped by 30%, which forced the government to enforce a strict ban in 2007.
What’s more controversial than killing the rare bird is the cruel way in which it’s killed. These tiny birds are caught during their migratory season and kept in covered cages to trick them into eating more since they normally eat more at night, hunters keep feeding them to the point where their little bodies double in size.
The ortolans are basically thrown alive into a container of Armagnac, which drowns and marinates them. The French government now strictly enforces the ban on killing ortolans. At the present time, killing, smuggling, or cooking of this bird is considered a crime anywhere in the EU or the US.

Casu Marzu, or rotten cheese, originates in Sardinia and might be the most disgusting food on this list. Actually, this type of cheese is kept outside uncovered, allowing flies to lay eggs inside. When the eggs hatch, the maggots begin feeding on the cheese, producing certain enzymes that stimulate fermentation and fat decomposition. This way the rotten cheese turns out extremely soft and leaves a burning sensation on the tongue when eaten. Locals say the cheese is only great when the maggots are alive and moving, if dead, the rotten food becomes too toxic to eat. Casu marzu obviously doesn’t meet the hygienic standards of the EU and the US, so it has been banned (luckily).

The act of cutting off sharks’ fins is one of the worst threats that these ocean creatures face and it’s illegal in the United States. Sadly, after hunters cut off a shark’s fins, it’s thrown back in the sea, where it might bleed to death, drown, or be eaten by other fish. Shark fin soup is a popular and fancy dish in Asia, which means a huge market for shark fins. Also, the high demand for these fins has resulted in targeting sharks only to take off their fins. (Lucky Americans sharks.)

This fruit seems to be delicious (and weird), but it’s not just strange-looking, it’s also death-causing! In fact, if Ackee is eaten improperly, it could cause vomiting, coma, or death. Jamaican Vomiting Sickness is what they call the harmful effects of ackee in Jamaica, where it’s the national fruit. Meanwhile, in the United States, the FDA banned this fruit completely, but would later allow the sale of canned and frozen ackee. However, the import of fresh ackee is outlawed. (Those toxic black seeds seem a bit evil though!)

The Mirabelle plum is a small, dark yellow, and oval-shaped fruit that’s known for its sweet taste and rich flavor. It’s used in dessert pies and fruit preserves and can mostly be found in France, where the majority of the production occurs. Actually, this fruit isn’t rotten, toxic, or weird-looking, it has been promoted as a regional high-quality product, it’s nearly impossible to get the Mirabelle plum into the United States due to the protected origin designation.

Kinder Surprise Chocolate Eggs are widely popular all over the world, except in the US. In fact, these chocolate eggs have always been outlawed in the US based on the regulation that bans any candy containing a non-nutritive object. The ban continued each time the surprise eggs were introduced.
But just recently, kinder introduced the Joy Egg, which is the latest version that keeps the chocolate and toy separated into two sealed halves. This version finally met the FDA regulations and is regarded safe. The joy of eating the chocolate to discover a surprise toy is forever gone though.

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