'Banned in the USA' 11 Foods From Around the World Banned in America

© Alex Mellon |  Banned in the USA (with apologies to 'The Boss')
© Alex Mellon | Banned in the USA (with apologies to 'The Boss') | Alex Mellon
Photo of Andrew Webb
Food & Drink Editor18 April 2017

Did you know there’s a whole bunch of foods and products that are illegal to take into America? Here’s 11 foods Uncle Sam won’t let in.


The national dish of Scotland is banned in America as there’s a 1971 law that states foods must not contain sheep lungs.

Horse meat

Slaughtering horses for human consumption is illegal in the USA (though technically, consuming horse meat isn’t).

Smoked horse meat on toast │ | © Takeaway

Black pudding

Black pudding, and other ‘blood cakes’ from around the world such as ti-hoeh-koe from Taiwan, are banned in US due to sanitary reasons. There’s hope in Scotland that Trump will lift this ban however.

Black Pudding | © Flickr

Kinder eggs

These European treats contravene the 1938 Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act which bans items containing a “non-nutritive object in food”.

Kinder Surprise, Surprisingly not available in the USA | © Comrade King/Flickr

Unpasteurised ‘raw’ milk

Banned in some, but not all, US states on health grounds.

Raw milk | © Pixabay

Casu Marzu

An Italian delicacy, and we use that word lightly, this is a round pecorino cheese infested with maggots, that you eat.

Casu Marzu cheese | © Shardan/WikiCommons

Foie Gras

Not totally banned, but certainly banned in California and a few other states. Foie gras is a fattened gooses liver.

Raw foie gras │ | © jackmac34

Ackee fruit

The national fruit of Jamaica, which if not fully ripe, can contain high levels of Hypoglycin A and B. Consequently fresh fruit is banned, though some canned versions are now available.

By Jerome Walker | via Wikimedia Commons

Shark fins

Banned simply for the cruel method of acquiring them (namely cutting the fins of the animal while alive and throwing it back into the sea) and to preserve shark numbers.

Shark | Public Domain Image

Beluga caviar

Found in Russia and parts of Iran, and banned from being importing to protect overfishing of sturgeon in those countries.

Golden Osetra Caviar, Fennel, Kiwi | © Jun Seita/Flickr

Japanese puffer fish

Banned unless you have a special licence, because its so deadly poisonous!

Puffer Fish or Fugu is a delicacy in Japan | © Aries Sutanto / Shutterstock

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