9 Foods From Other Countries That Have Been Banned In The U.S.


Legalize Kinder eggs.

Kinder Surprise Chocolate Eggs

Kinder Surprise Chocolate Eggs

Countries of origin: Italy, Germany, and other European countries
Why it's banned: The fun of Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs comes from the (inedible) toy that's hidden inside the egg in a plastic capsule…and the U.S. government will have none of it. A 1938 federal law bans toys or any non-edible objects to be embedded within food products, meaning the only surprise Americans get is a potential fine and confiscation of their delicious chocolates at the border. Every year, tens of thousands of Kinder eggs are seized by U.S. customs.

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Country of origin: Japan
Why it's (mostly) banned: Because it could literally kill you, if not prepared properly. You need a license and intense training to cook this Japanese puffer fish, which contains potentially lethal amounts of tetrodotoxin, which can paralyze your body and stop your breathing. For those who want to risk it, the short list of restaurants that serve fugu in the U.S. can be found here.

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Casu Marzu

Casu Marzu

Country of origin: Italy
Why it's banned: If this cheese looks like it's completely rotten, you're not far off. Pecorino cheese is purposefully infested with maggots, then left to let them do their thing. The maggots lay eggs in the cheese and eat away at it until it becomes ready for consumption by those who dare. Here's the kicker: The cheese is only “good” when the maggots are still alive, crawling and writhing around.




Country of origin: United Kingdom
Why it's banned: Importing haggis to the United States is banned because haggis contains sheep lung, which violates federal food safety regulations. The USDA has had a ban on foods containing lungs since 1971, and despite efforts by the Scottish government, no changes to that law have been made. Keep your sheep lungs, Scotland, as long as we can still get your whiskey.

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