11 Banned Foods Which Could Get You In Big Trouble

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From poppy seeds in Saudi Arabia, to Kinder eggs in the USA, we explore the world’s weirdest banned foods.
Hungry for haggis? Fancy some foie gras? Peckish for poppy seeds? Depending on where you are in the world, your food choice could in fact be illegal. Here’s our round up of 11 things your don’t want in your baggage as you approach customs.
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Kinder eggs

Kinder Surprise

Banned: United States

Reason: contravenes the 1938 Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act which bans items containing a “non-nutritive object”
Legal: Rest of the world

Jelly cup

Banned: Europe

Reason: Contains konjac, konjac gum or konjac glucomannan, which are banned in the UK because their slippery texture is a choking hazard.
Legal in: Japan, Taiwan and Far East

Unpasteurised ‘raw’ milk

Raw milk

Banned: Some US states, Canada, Scotland, Australia
Reason: due to potential pathogens present that may be harmful.
Legal: England, Wales, Africa, Asia, Europe and New Zealand



Banned: Parts of Somalia under the control of the Islamist extremist group Al-Shabaab
Reason: the belief that these three-pointed snacks represent the Christian holy trinity.
Legal: The rest of the world


Homemade Scottish haggis

Banned: United States
Reason: a 1971 ban on importing products containing sheep lungs. Is in the process of being overturned, hopefully for Burns’ night 2017.
Legal: The rest of the world

Foie gras

Foie gras

Banned: India, San Paulo, California
Reason: production methods are considered inhumane
Legal: The rest of the world

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Chewing gum

Chewing gum is banned in Singapore

Banned: Singapore
Reason: Singapore banned the import of gum in 1992 as the mess left by chewers became to expensive to clean up
Legal: The rest of the world

Poppy seeds

Poppy seeds – banned for religious reasons

Banned: Singapore, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, UAE
Reason: considered ‘prohibited goods’ by Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau, Saudi Arabia also bans them on religious grounds
Legal: The rest of the world

Blueberry Nutrigrain bars

Blueberry Nutri-grain Bars

Banned: Norway, Finland, France
Reason: contains the artificial colouring Blue #1
Legal: The rest of the world

Fugu fish

Puffer fish or fugu is a delicacy in Japan

Banned: Europe, China
Reason: incredibly poisonous.
Legal: Japan, South Korea & USA (under strict licence)

Horse meat

Horse meat was a major controversy in the UK in 2015

Banned: California, Illinois
Reason: in 1998 horse meat for human consumption was banned
Legal: The rest of the world
Do you know of any banned foods? Let us know in the comments box below.

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