Food production is heavily regulated throughout the world, so much so that many governments have banned particular things. Sometimes that’s to keep consumers safe, 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 food additives and genetically modified produce that Americans eat all the time.
We have collected 11 of the strangest and most interesting banned foods, along with the reasons why you won’t find them at the grocery store in certain locations. You’ll find #2 surprising, but just try to read #6 without getting queasy!
Haggis is the national dish of Scotland, but a main ingredient of haggis – sheep lung – has been banned in the United States. Haggis includes sheep lung, 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 sometimes stomach acid or phlegm makes its way up into the lungs during slaughter. Though this problem is easily fixed by parboiling the lungs prior to use for food, the USDA has no interest in reversing the ban despite pressure from British politicians.