Food production is heavily regulated in the world, so much so many governments have banned some things. Sometimes that’s to keep consumers, but other times the reasons are kind of bizarre.
Americans still eat foods that many other countries have banned, but are mistrustful of exotic cuisines from abroad. Conversely, many other countries have banned additives and genetically modified products that Americans eat all the time.
We have collected 11 of the strangest and most interesting food, along with the reasons why you have found them at the grocery store in certain locations. You’ll find # 2 surprising, but just try to read # 6 without getting queasy!
Haggis is a national dish of Scotland, but the main ingredient of haggis – sheep lung – has been banned in the United States. Haggis includes sheep, liver, and heart combined with onion, oatmeal, suet, and spices. The ingredients are all cooked together in the sheep’s stomach.
Sheep’s lungs are banned in the U.S. Because stomach acid or phlegm causes it to go into the lungs during the slaughter. Though this problem is easily accessible by parboiling the internet for food, the USDA has no interest in reversing the ban on pressure from British politicians.
2. Chewing Gum
If you have a lot of gum, it will be a problem when they are not right. There is probably a public table in the country that hasn’t had a little or another pressed underneath it. Its gross, but the sale of gum is too profitable to stop.
In Singapore, however, a country known for its cleanliness, they aren’t having it. Chewing gum was released in 1992 in order to keep the free streets of sticky detritus. The penalty for violating the ban is steep – get a gum in Singapore and you could get up to 2 years in prison or fine of $ 1,000.
3. Farm-raised Salmon
Salmon raised in overcrowded farms is an unhealthy because of the fish that are often contaminated with toxins. Eating farm-raised salmon can cause damage to human eyesight and is even known carcinogen.
Unfortunately, the majority of salmon on the market in the U.S. is farm raised. However, one U.S. state – Washington – has banned it. Farm-raised salmon is banned in Australia and New Zealand.
4. Genetically Engineered Papaya
Genetically engineered food is a controversial topic in many circles. Opponents are the most likely to have negative effects, while proponents insist that GMO foods are better able to resist harmful diseases. Papaya grown in the U.S. is especially controversial, with upwards of 60% of it modified to resist the ringspot virus.
The European Union has been banned by importing all genetically modified crops, but Japan and South Korea specifically avoid our papaya. The U.S. maintains that the modification literally saved the papaya industry.
The fruit embargo goes both ways. The United States may have trouble unloading its papaya, but it refuses to import ackee, the national fruit of Jamaica. Ackee is completely safe to eat, but only if it is ripened properly. It has a high level of hypoglycin A and B, which is toxin that can cause deaths, coma, and even death.
As of the year 2000, frozen or canned is not enough to be imported from a few manufacturers, but the new ackee is still banned.