10 Foods That Are Banned in the U.S.

Kinder Surprise Eggs

The FDA banned the sale of all food products containing embedded, non-nutritive objects some 80 years ago, and the European Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs

Horse Meat

To be clear, it's not illegal to eat horse meat in the U.S. It is, however, illegal to slaughter horses, and by default prohibits the consumption of it

Shark Fins

Still, 10 of the 12 states that banned the sale of shark fin still allow restaurants to serve the meat. Shark fin soup is actually considered to be a luxury dish

Japanese Puffer Fish

it's regarded as a delicacy in the sushi world where it's more widely known as fugu. Consumption of the fish is almost entirely banned 


The ban was set in place in light of the emergence of the degenerative disease, scrapie, which affects the central nervous system in sheep.

Ackee Fruit

This can cause people to fall into a state of hypoglycemia, a condition where glucose levels are too low, which can induce vomiting, ultimately cause dehydration

Beluga Caviar

The caviar comes from the wild Beluga sturgeon fish and is the primary reason why the fish has since become endangered. 

Sassafras Oil

The FDA set a ban on sassafrass oil back in the 1960s. However, extracts from the roots of the plant are still legal as long as they do not contain safrole.

Casu Marzu

Casu marzu is often referred to as the rotten cheese because it's infested with live maggots. The Pecorino cheese, which is made from unpasteurized sheep's milk


As long as the alcoholic beverage contains less than 100 parts per million of thujone—the toxic chemical found in the wormwood herb that's used to make the alcohol

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