Closeup detail of woman putting pink chewing gum into her mouth.

In today’s world, food production has been regulated to the extent that many governments have banned particular things. It’s alarming to know that the reasons behind this can be bizarre sometimes.

Most of the countries have banned many foods but American’s still enjoy eating it as they consider that food an exotic cuisine from abroad. On the contrary, many other countries have restricted food additives and genetically modified products that Americans love to eat every time.

I have collected 11 of the unusual and most interesting outlawed foods, along with the reasons of their unavailability at the grocery store in certain locations. Read all these 11 and you might get shocked at #6.

  1. Haggis

The national dish of Scotland is Haggis. The ingredients used in Haggis are:

Sheep lung (being the most important one), liver, and heart combined with onion, spices, suet, and oatmeal. These all are cooked together in the sheep’s stomach.

The primary component, sheep’s lungs is banned in the U.S. because sometimes stomach acid or phlegm makes its way up into the lungs when the sheep is being slaughtered. Although this problem can easily be fixed by parboiling the lungs prior to use for food, the USDA gives no hope to lift the ban.

2. Chewing Gum

A lot of gum is chewed by Americans, and it’s correct disposition is necessary, otherwise a problem can can easily find a wad or two, pressed underneath a public table in the country. It’s awkward, but the sale of gum yields more profit.

Singapore is a country known for its cleanliness. They have banned the Chewing gum since 1992 in order to help keep the streets free of sticky rubbish. They have set a penalty for violating the ban: if you get caught selling gum in Singapore, you could get up to 2 years in prison or pay a fine of one thousand dollars.


 3. Farm-raised Salmon

In overcrowded farms the fish are fed on unnatural diets full of antibiotics and smaller fish that are often contaminated with toxins. Therefore the salmon raised in such environment is unhealthy. Farm-raised salmon is considered carcinogenic and can damage human eye sight.

It is sad to know that the majority of salmon on the market in the U.S. is raised in farms. Only one U.S. state – Washington – has restricted its sale whereas, Australia and New Zealand have completely banned farm raised salmons.


4. Genetically Engineered Papaya

The genetic engineering of food is a controversial topic in many groups. Adversaries think that messing with nature can have negative health effects, while allies insist that GMO foods are fruitful to destroy many diseases. The papaya that is genetically engineered in the U.S. is modified to resist the ring spot virus.

The import of all genetically modified crops is banned by European Union, but Japan and South Korea specifically avoid the papaya grown in America.


5. Ackee

Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. Though the fruit embargo goes both ways but U.S refuses to import ackee. This fruit is totally safe to eat after its proper ripening. When unripe, ackee contains a high level of hypoglycin A and B, which are toxins that can cause vomiting, coma, and sometimes prove fatal.

In the year 2000, frozen or canned ackee is okay to be imported from a select few manufacturers, but fresh ackee is still restricted.

6. Casu Marzu

The preparation process of cheese is very gross as it contains the long term aging of milk. Several cheeses are “blue” in form, while others are made with an ingredient which is collected from the stomach of nursing calves.

There is a special variety of cheese called casu marzu which is simply too creepy for Americans to penalty. It is Made in Sardinia, this particular cheese is basically pecorino into which fly larva has been injected. The fly larva undergoes next level fermentation, and when the maggots hatch, they eat through the cheese to make it soft. People then eat the cheese before the maggots meet the death!

7. Beluga Caviar

It is a delicacy enjoyed by the richest among us long ago. The composition of Beluga Caviar is fish eggs cured in salt, and there are many varieties of caviar that come from adverse fish. It has a soft texture and delicious flavor so it is costly.

The origin of this is Beluga sturgeon,  a huge fish that can reach more than 20 feet in length and weigh up to 2,000 pounds and. The life time  of these fish is up to 100 years and take 25 years to become ready to lay eggs. It means that it can easily have its population executed; beluga sturgeon is now listed as critically endangered under the Endangered Species Act and it is illegal to harvest or sell its roe.

8. Foe Gras

Animals raised for meat are most injurious to health. The term foe gras means “fatty liver”, is a perfect example of rampant abuses in food industry. For the manufacture of foe gras, Ducks and geese are fed enormous quantities of grain forcefully, via feeding tube in order to make their livers swell. These birds encounter a short and miserable life due to this act.

The male birds are used for foie gras, so the females are inhumanely killed in order to be processed into cat food which is more worse. The foe gras has been banned in the state of California but it remains legal in other states of America.

9. Shark Fins

It is surprising to learn that humans actually kill a staggering 100 million sharks each year. The humans have found that Shark fins are used to make soup, but this practice has critically endangered the species of shark.

The U.S. has formulated many acts that make it illegal to “possess, buy, sell, transport, or trade shark fins or any product containing fins of shark.” Sadly, shady fishing practices, including cutting the fin off of a live shark and then dumping its body, are still in practice.

10. Artificial Food Dyes

The key element of processed foods is food dyes. These can be recognized by their numbers, such as red #40, blue #1 and yellow #5. These dyes are made from petroleum based contents that can be causative agents for allergies and can be carcinogenic.

The food dyes have been banned by the governments of Austria, Finland, France, Norway, and the United Kingdom, but U.S. consumers don’t seem happy to restrict its use.

11. Meat With Ractopamine

One of the common food additive in the U.S. is ractopamine. It is processed in livestock feed to accelerate their weight gain. The researchers have found that it can cause tachycardia and other problematic cardiovascular effects in humans.

This processed food is banned in China, Europe, Russia, and Taiwan, but meat producers in the U.S. have no requirement to disclose. Consequently, it is impossible for consumers to know if they are eating ractopamine, and Americans with known heart issues might be better off to avoid meat all at once.


The reasons for food banning can be different but it is a known fact that many foods have been restricted in various parts of the world. America cannot stay quiet on unethical treatments for livestock animals but it is completely the supporter of genetic engineering of food and chemically processed food.


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