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Although the United States has an abundance of food and drink, there are a number of international foods, dishes, drinks, and practices (and movies) that are completely banned. Here are 11 examples.
1. Fugu (Japanese Blowfish). You need a license and you also have to be highly trained to prepare Fugu because if prepared incorrectly, it could kill you. Fugu contains lethal amounts of tetrodotoxin, a chemical which can paralyze your body and stop your breathing immediately. There’s a whole episode of The Simpsons about Fugu.
2. Horse Meat. The USDA banned inspection and import of horsemeat throughout the United States. The practice has been in effect since 2006.
3. Absinthe. The alcoholic beverage has been banned in the United States for years because of its hallucinations nature, which comes from its main ingredient wormwood. While a type of absinthe without wormwood is sold in the United States, it doesn’t have a high enough alcohol level to be worth drinking the taboo adult beverage.
4. Haggis. This is a Scottish dish that contains a sheep’s lungs, which has been banned in the United States since 1971. In fact, any foods that contains an animal’s lungs is banned.
5. Ackee. It’s Jamaica’s national fruit that can be cause coma if not properly prepared. It contains high levels of hypoglycin A and B, which is what causes the coma or, in some cases, death. The FDA has banned Ackee since the year 2000.
6. Kinder Surprise Chocolate Eggs. It’s a chocolate candy delight from Europe that is currently banned in the United States because each Kinder Surprise Chocolate Eggs has a surprise toy at its center. The US Government decided to ban them altogether in 1938 because there is a ban toys or any non-edible objects to be embedded within food products.
7. Casu Marzu. It’s a cheese from Italy that is purposely infected with maggot eggs, which eat their way through it until it’s ready to serve. Apparently, the best way to eat Casu Marzu is when the maggots are still alive. Yuck!
8. Foie Gras. It’s only banned in California because the high end food is made by force feeding ducks to make their livers fatter. Animal rights groups are trying to get this practiced banned throughout the whole country under animal cruelty, but at the moment, it’s only banned in California.
9. Shark Fins. With the shark population in decline, sharks have become an endangered species. The sale and production of shark fins has been banned in the United States with the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000 and the Shark Conservation Act of 2010,
10. Beluga Caviar. Because of overfishing, the United States banned the sale of beluga caviar since 2005.
11. Unpasteurized Milk. It’s banned throughout a majority of the United States, as the debate rages on between the health benefits of pasteurized and unpasteurized milk. It’s also totally gross!