23 Foods Banned Around The World Today
- 23 Foods Banned Around The World
- Whether Its For Their Ingredients Or Their Branding Some Foods That Are Just Not Allowed To Be Sold In Some Countries
Each Country Has Its Own Tastes
When you go travelling it's often a good move to learn your destination country's customs and traditions.
Each country is different and has its own set of rules even when it comes to food.
Some of the reasons for a certain product exclusion are understandable but some are questionable to say the least.
Banned in: Sweden
First introduced in 1941, M&Ms have gone on to be one of the most popular and well known snacks in the world.
Whether it's the chocolate or the peanut version you prefer, if you are based in Sweden you won't be able to get your hands on either.
Banned in: Norway, France, Finland and Austria
Reason: Too many artificial colors
When it comes to breakfast cereals, there is no place that does it quite like North America. Whilst they are some of the most famous products on the planet they are known for being full of sugar and not being very nutritious.
Fruit loops fits the description perfectly.
Banned in: New Zealand and parts of the U.K.
Beef is one of those foods that divides opinion about they way it should be cooked. Some people like it 'well done' whilst others want it as rare as possible in the middle or 'blue'.
If your tastes are more of the latter then your not in luck when you visit New Zealand or the U.K.
Banned in: Venice
Reason: Bad for cultural image
Food plays a massive role in the identity of a country and its culture.
Having a vibrant food scene can give a city its own identity and one that many will want to visit.
In many European cities, kebabs are the crowd favourite for late night snackers and party goers.
Banned in: Singapore
Chewing gum has been designed as a way to improve and freshen your breath quickly and easily.
When you are in a hurry and you don't have your toothburhs to hand, chewing gum has become a handy, cheap and quick alternative.
But there are places in the world which have banned this sticky substance.
Banned in: Canada, U.K and US
Reason: Health Concerns
There are many countries in the world where raw milk is found and sold.
Raw milk is associated with it a number of health benefits including an improved digestive system and immune system.
So why is it banned?
Banned in: Denmark, Canada
Reason: Additives in the ingredients
Invented in Burton-on-Trent in the UK Marmite has gained a reputation from its initial creation that you either love it or hate it.
The divisive spread is a yeasty brown paste which contains a number of vitamins and minerals.
But the taste is not for everyone.
Banned in: French Schools
Ketchup was founded in 1876 by Henry John Heinz. The tomato based sauce. has gone on to become a worldwide staple and is available in restaurants throughout the world.
Part of the reason for the success of the tasty condiment is that it goes with almost everything including chicken nuggets and chips.
9Fat Free Potato Chips
Banned in: The U.K. & Canada
Reason: Gastrointestinal Side Effects
Fat free chips were designed as an alternative to the popular yet highly fatty, greasy and salty potato chips that dominated the market.
The fact that the chips were fat free became a massive selling point for them but like most things in life it came at a cost.
10Mac And Cheese
Banned in: Norway, Austria and the European Union
Reason: Harmful coloring agents
Mac and Cheese is a North American classic and is a kids favourite.
You can make it the home made way with natural ingredients or you can get the ready meal version that contains a sachet of cheese powder.
Banned in: The United States and Europe
Reason: Can cause death
Fans of 'The Simpsons' will recognise this blowfish and its deadly reputation.
When the popular episode aired in 1991 the dish gained notoriety around the world for its poison and the level of risk involved just to cook it.
Banned in: United States
If you asked anyone to name a food that comes from Scotland, chance are they will say Haggis.
It is one of the thinks that the country is known for worldwide, apart from whiskey and Sean Connery.
13Certain Brands Of French Fries
Banned in: Austria, Singapore and the U.K
French fries go with almost anything. That is one of the reason that so many of us have a back of french friends in the back of the freezer ready for when you need them.
There are easy to store and will last a long time.
One of the reasons that they last so long is because it contains azodicarbonamide.
14McVities Penguin Milk Chocolate Biscuit
Banned in: Canada
If you say to someone from the U.K to 'P-P Pick Up A Penguin' they will instantly know that you are referring to the crunchy chocolate biscuit with cream filling.
A children's favourite the biscuit if hugely popular in the U.K but not in Canada after it was banned by the authorities.
Banned in: United States
Black pudding is one of those tasty, savoury treats that you may be put off when you realise what it is made from.
Traditional black pudding is made from oatmeal mixed with the blood from a cow or a pig. It's also known as blood sausage.
Banned in: United States
Because of its premium price, caviar is synonymous with cocktail parties of the rich and famous and also James Bond films!
Probably the most famous type of the expensive fish eggs is the beluga caviar which comes from the beluga sturgeon which costs an eye watering $7,000 to $10,000 per 1 kg.
No wonder you only have it in tiny amounts.
Banned in: Lots of countries, including the US
The street markets of South East Asia and China are known for producing some peculiar delicacies. One popular dish is Shark fin soup.
As the name suggests the soup is made from the fin of the shark which gives the soup a distinct texture. Herbs and spices are added to make the soup edible.
Banned in: Japan and parts of Europe
Reason: Birth Defects link
Mountain Dew is the popular brightly coloured soft drink that was founded in the US in 1940.
Now owned by PepsiCo the refreshing drink is banned in parts of Europe and Japan over serious concerns that it has on birth defects in children.
Banned in: Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Hungary
Reason: Health concerns
Coffee-Mate is the powdered coffee whitener that first came on to the market in 1961 for individuals who are sensitive to dairy products.
One of the main ingredients in Coffee-Mate is soybean which is one of the primary reasons why it has been banned in Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Hungary.
20Farm Raised Salmon
Banned in: New Zealand and Australia
Reason: Bad for your eyes
If you put the flesh of two salmons next to each other, one which has been farm raised and the other that has been caught in the wild you will be able to tell the difference.
Wild salmon has a beautiful deep pink flesh whilst farm raised salmon still has a pink color but it much paler than its wild counterpart.
21Kinder Surprise Eggs
Banned in: United States
Reason: Choking Hazard
Kinder Surprise Eggs have brought so much joy to young children all over the world, but in the United States they have been banned for over 50 years.
The ban was due to the FDA believing that the toys inside the eggs could be choking hazards for young children.
Banned in: The United States
Reason: Fermentation Process
Casu Martzu (translated means rotten cheese) is the controversial Sardinian sheep milk cheese that undergoes a distinct fermentation process.
Fly larva are placed in the cheese before fermentation. The larvae release a liquid that breaks down the cheese to give it its unique creamy taste.
Banned in: California, Italy, India, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Israel, Australia, Germany, and many more
Reason: Animal Cruelty
Fois Gras is a controversial foodstuff made from duck or goose liver.
It has a delicate flavor and is a popular dish for those who are fans of French cuisine.
What Do You Think Of The Decision To Ban These Foods?
Whilst banning foods may be an effective strategy when it comes to health concerns, it is not always the case that the Governments who impose restrictions are acting in the interests of the health of the nation.
Which foods do you think shouldn't be banned and are the ones which are legal today which you think should be?
Let us know in the comments section below.