Foods From USA That Are Banned In Other Countries!

By Rohin Raj on Jun 09, 2016
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Food, Bhojan, Lebensmittel, Canyin... the pronunciations and spellings might vary but the joy felt by anyone on seeing a platter of their favorite meal arriving is universal! Food knows no barriers, language restrictions or diplomacy. It is what it is.


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Having said that, some food items have some restrictions, but that is solely our fault as mankind’s greed knows no bounds and we are used to taking a shortcut wherever possible, no matter what the consequences are. In recent history, America has proved to be a very valuable treasure trove for goodies and mouth watering dishes. Fast food chains have grown faster in number than breeding rabbits. But even the US of A has missed out on certain food and beverage items that are potentially hazardous to health.

So here’s a list of food items that might be banned in some countries of the world but are still readily available in USA:

Some Beef With The Ham

America’s favorite hamburger and bacon are usually heavily contaminated due to the active use of synthetic hormones in their diet before slaughtering. This causes a rise in the chances of hormonal cancer in the people who consume the meat. Also an asthma medication Ractopamine is fed to pigs to make them more muscular, and in turn more meat.

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Diseases: Cancer, Insomnia, obesity and headaches

Banned in: European Union, China, Japan, Australia and others

Olestra in Chips

The ultimate cholesterol free substitute that is used in so called fat-free chips and fries are not so healthy after all. There have been various reports about its harmful effects and many countries have taken steps for the same.

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Diseases: Vitamin depletion and oily anal leakage

Banned in: United Kingdom, Canada and others


One of the ingredients in drinks like Mountain dew, some energy drinks and sodas is a chemical called Bromine Vegetable Oil (BVO). Bromine is quite dangerous as it is toxic and is a central nervous system depressant. Though many reports are out on BVO, but the results are ambiguous. Some countries have toughened their stance against it, while others readily accept it.

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Diseases: Cardiac arrhythmias, birth defects, thyroid problems

Banned in: European Union, Japan and others


‘Baking’ Bad

No the baked bread doesn’t have crystal meth inside it, but the compound added to it is still bad. Potassium bromate is harmful because of the bromide content in it which can cause a host of problems. The companies insist on adding it as they claim it bleaches the dough and makes it elastic.

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Diseases: Thyroid problems, cancer, gastrointestinal discomfort

Banned in: European Union, Canada, China and others

Dye Another Day

The very dyes that make our food items like cereals, cupcakes and sports drinks so colorful and tasty to eat are the ones doing the most damage. Studies have established a close link between the chemicals in these dyes to a variety of health hazards.

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Diseases: Brain cancer, obesity, nerve-cell deterioration

Banned in: France, Norway, United Kingdom and others

Cereal Killer

Again popular additives in the manufacturing of cereals, butter, chewing gums and nut mixes, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) have caused cancer in animals. The companies add it to extend the longevity of their food products and protect them from getting stale.

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Diseases: Cancer

Banned in: United Kingdom, Japan, some European countries

Irradiated Food

Some of the food items like fruits, vegetables and raw meat have traces of radiation as they are often exposed to it for keeping the food preserved and fresh. This is not a very safe arrangement and has been countered by many food agencies.

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Diseases: Stomach upset, change in chemical composition of food

Banned in: European Union


Murky Milk

Nothing tastes as good as a glass of cool, refreshing milk after a hard day’s work. But because of compounds like recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), which are injected into cows to increase milk production, health problems have increased in cows. Not only cows, even the humans who consume this milk suffer from a number of diseases.

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Diseases: Weakened muscle growth, infertility, cancer

Banned in: European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan and others

Genetically Engineered Food

Though quite a few varieties of fruits and vegetables are genetically engineered, the papaya is one such fruit that is modified to be resistant to ringspot virus. Animals which were fed some modified food items suffered from an assortment of horrible diseases. Human testing is still in a very primitive stage.

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Diseases: Tumors, intestinal damage, sterility, premature death

Banned in: European Union

Meat Additives

Pink Slime is popularly used to add to the bulk of cheap meat used in hamburgers, sausages and minced meat dishes. It is basically made from the meat that is left attached to bones and is pulled out by a machine with the cartilage included. The problem lies in the fact that such meat may be tainted with pathogens in the bone thus causing many infections.

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Diseases: Infections due to pathogens

Banned in: European Union

There are countless other examples of dishes that are or have been banned in the past like the Maggi-gate in India, where the popular instant Maggi noodles produced by Nestle were banned for a few months on allegations of high lead content. Though we understand that ‘Food is Love, Food is Life’ is the case for some people, but it is always advisable and of course the smarter move to look deep before you let your mouth run loose and gorge on the fabulous dishes brought in front of your noses.

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