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10 International Food Items Declared Illegal In Different Countries

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T here are a lot of bizarre laws which put a ban on normal things around the world. And with that, how can food be left spared! Here we bring to you 10 illegal food stuff around the world, most of them with justified reasons behind the ban.

#1) Chewing gum banned in Singapore

#1) Chewing gum banned in Singapore

The ban was implemented on January 1992, since vandals were creating a lot of nuisance by sticking chewed gums on lift buttons, bus seats, door sensors of trains and even mailboxes. Gum can only be bought from doctors on recommendation in Singapore and the fine for spitting out gums on the streets is $500.

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#2) Tomato Ketchup in France

#2) Tomato Ketchup in France
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French primary school pupils are restricted to bring tomato ketchup as according to French authorities, ketchup poses a cultural threat to traditional French cooking by masking the taste of the dishes they are eating. Sad news for students who used to drop some ketchup on a kerchief and attempt to rest during Physical Education period by claiming they have a nose bleed!

#3) Jelly Sweets: Import ban on additive E425( Konjac) in UK and EU nations

#3) Jelly Sweets: Import ban on additive E425( Konjac) in UK and EU nations
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Konjac, the thickening agent poses a choking hazard to children and thus is banned in many countries.

#4) Samosas banned in Somalia

#4) Samosas banned in Somalia
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Samosas are banned in Somalia by the 'al-Shabaab group', which consider samosas 'offensive' and too Christian. There was no official explanation by the group for the ban but they believe that the triangular snack is not compatible with the strict version of Islam of the Somalian group.

Christian Holy Trinity symbol

Christian Holy Trinity symbol
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Islamic militants of Somalia are against Samosas as the shape has a resemblance with the Christian Holy Trinity symbol.

#5) Unpasteurized Milk and Dairy Products in 22 states of USA and Canada

#5) Unpasteurized Milk and Dairy Products in 22 states of USA and Canada
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Though unpasteurized milk is more nutritious and tasty than thermally processed milk, it is banned in USA and Canada for being a potential carrier of diseases like Salmonella, E-Coli, Listeriosis and Campylobacter.

#6) Haggis banned in USA

#6) Haggis banned in USA
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Haggis is a Scottish dish prepared with sheep heart, liver and lungs mixed with many spices and seasonings. Due to an arbitrary ban on eating sheep lungs in America, the dish Haggis is banned by default.

#7) Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) banned in 100 countries including EU

#7) Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) banned in 100 countries including EU
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The important ingredient of most of the sports drinks and citrus flavored sodas sold in USA, BVO is banned due to the side effects it comes with, namely Schizophrenia, Autoimmune diseases and Thyroid dysfunctions.

#8) Sassafras Oil in USA

#8) Sassafras Oil in USA
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The chief constituent of Sassafras Oil, Safrole (Chemical name: 4-allyl-1,2-methylenedioxy-benzene, C10H10O2) was found to cause cancer in rats. Thus the ban was extended to humans.

#9) Absinthe banned in USA, Canada and New Zealand

#9) Absinthe banned in USA, Canada and New Zealand
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This strong alcoholic beverage is banned for causing hallucinations and aggressive behavior after regular consumption.

#10) Kinder Eggs banned in USA

#10) Kinder Eggs banned in USA
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The toy hidden in the chocolate has created many choking cases among children and thus the delicious chocolate is banned in USA.

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