10 Foods America Will NEVER See Again

10 Foods America Will NEVER See Again

August 14, 2019 55 By Bertrand Dibbert


Thanks to import bans and federal agencies
like the FDA and The Fish And Wildlife Services, America has had to sacrifice some pretty tasty
and some really crazy food and drink from their everyday lives. Despite the products being enjoyed elsewhere
in the world, these are 10 foods America will never see again. Haggis While most people outside of Scotland would
be hesitant to try the dish, it is still very popular in its homeland. The USDA banned Scotland’s most famous dish
in 1971 because its main ingredients are animal organs. That’s right, this much loved dish is made
mainly of a sheep’s heart, lungs, and liver, mixed with some spices and oatmeal, if that
doesn’t sound yummy enough, it is then stuffed into a casing that looks like a sausage but
is made the old fashioned way, from the lining of a sheep’s stomach. Haggis is usually served with main dishes
and can be cooked into chicken much like stuffing in a turkey. The two main reasons it was banned was the
outlawing of animal lungs being used as an ingredient in the United States, which means
that Haggis can never be sold or consumed in the United States as it is originally made. In the late 1980s, and well into the 1990s,
the situation worsened for Americans hoping to get their hands on genuine Haggis as this
was the peak of the “Mad Cow Disease” crisis. During this time, all beef and lamb originating
from the United Kingdom were banned from importation into the USA, essentially further banning
Haggis at the same time. However in 2016, the U.S finally lifted its
import ban and allowed British lamb and beef to return to American menus, but if you want
some haggis it will still have to be without the lungs. Sassafras Sassafras is one of those words that everyone
has heard but not everyone is even sure what it is, well look no further than pre-1960’s
root beer. That’s right, Sassafras was a main ingredient
of root beer and is a common plant found in the yards of many North Americans, it’s
something you probably see every day but don’t even know it. The plant has been used for decades, literally
every piece of it; from the leaves to the bark, stems, roots and twigs. The plant has been used by Native American
tribes for medicinal purposes and its branches were used to build ships in Europe. The medicinal uses of Sassafras aren’t actually
outlawed, only the use of it in commercially produced root beer. Prior to 1960, it was a main ingredient of
the popular drink but it was later found to have carcinogenic properties that could cause
cancer, as well as containing a principal ingredient of MDMA. While some of the plant could still be used
for certain purposes, it is outright banned from all drugs, drinks and foods in the United
States. For such a little leaf it can cause a lot
of trouble. Shark Fin Shark Fin isn’t completely banned across
the entire Untied States, in fact it’s only banned in about twelve states including California,
New York, Hawaii, and Nevada among others and three territories. The dominant reason for the ban on shark fin
meals is largely because of the cruelty it involves and the risk it poses to shark populations
around the world. In recent years there has been a growing global
movement to enact a complete and total ban around the globe as it endangers many sharks. It is still commonly used in China where it
is believed to have cancer curing properties, this of course has been proven inaccurate,
but it is more of a tradition than anything else. Before regulations on fishing came into play,
shark populations where almost dwindled down to nothing thanks to overfishing. The act of taking the fin from a shark for
food has been widely condemned as it spells certain death for the shark and offers nothing
more than a luxury ingredient for people. There is no health benefit associated with
eating shark fin. To get the fin, fishermen will capture a live
shark and slice its fin off before throwing it back into the water to bleed to death. This has been catastrophic on shark populations
around the world and despite global efforts, remains a popular dish in China and Vietnan. Cyclamate If you were born anytime after 1969 then you
probably have never heard of this product. It was a main ingredient in one of those sweeteners
that you find in a small, maroon bowl in your local diner next to the ketchup and extra
napkins. Discovered by Michael Sveda in 1937, the chemical
was 30-50 times sweeter than table sugar, technically the healthiest of its competition,
and didn’t even leave that gross after taste in your mouth. Its discovery was a complete accident as Sveda
was in the lab working on anti-fever medication when he put his cigarette down on the lab
bench – not a good lab practice, by the way – and after he picked it back up it tasted
sweeter and he then went on to discover why. The reason for its ban in the United States
is because of a test that concluded the chemical caused bladder cancer in rats. Since the sugar substitute was used in so
many products from table side sweeteners to kids sugary treats, and even used in tablet
form for diabetics, the FDA decided it wasn’t worth taking the risk, but they remained hesitant
and allowed the company to continue on, growing to be worth billions. After increased pressure from medical experts,
it was finally decided in 1970 that they should actually fully ban the product from the country. It was later discovered that the chemical
isn’t consumed in high enough rates for humans to grow bladder cancer, which was very
unfortunate for the now-defunct sweetener company. The chemical is still banned in the U.S but
is used in many other countries like Canada in the form of Sweet ’n’ Low and as a
sugar substitute in Coca-Cola light. Beluga Caviar Beluga Caviar is essentially like every other
type of caviar out there. The harvesting process and consumption isn’t
much different from other types. If you don’t know what caviar is, its fish
eggs that are pretty expensive to eat. The reason it is outlawed in the United States
is because beluga sturgeon are a critically endangered animal and the United States Fish
and Wildlife Services moved to protect them in 2006 by banning the importation of the
product. This was backed up by an international ban
called CITES which suspended all trade with countries that produced beluga caviar, the
only exception was Iran because they are considered to practice effective conservation and policing
policies. The most expensive beluga caviar can reach
a price of $4,500 per pound. Beluga Sturgeon can take up to 20 years to
reach maturity and can live up to 118 years. They are one of the largest freshwater fish
and can reach up to 20 feet in length as well as some weighing over 3000 pounds! Their caviar is amongst the largest and most
valued types which has led to overfishing of the species. The most expensive caviar comes from the eggs
of a rare albino type between 60 and 100 years old. Unfortunately it was nearly hunted to extinction
and a very small number of beluga variety exists in the wild today and remains on the
critically endangered list. Like Shark Fin soup, Beluga Caviar is mainly
a luxury dish and offers no real extra health benefits, yet continues to be popular around
the world despite its devastating effects on the beluga population. Cadbury Chocolate This one actually isn’t banned for any sort
of environmental or health reasons, but for business reasons. It is also why many people from the United
Kingdom are convinced Cadbury Chocolate tastes different in America. The US Cadbury is actually owned by The Hershey
Company and they took certain steps to ensure the chocolate would be made in America. Back in 1988, The Hershey Company bought all
rights from Cadbury to the United States market for a whopping $300 million dollars, this
was probably to ensure the British candy maker wouldn’t become a serious competitor in the
United States. This move allowed Hershey to not only change
the way Cadbury chocolate was made, but also to accidentally spark up a perfect marketing
pitch. Who has the better Cadbury chocolate, America
or Britain? It wasn’t until 2015 that Hershey took legal
action in the State of New York and imposed a US import ban on all Cadbury products made
in the United Kingdom. The main claim behind this was that the U.S
counterpart had the right to sell its own American made products, using different ingredients
and recipes, since it owned the rights. The main difference is that the primary ingredient
in the U.K version is milk while the first ingredient in the U.S version is sugar. This is probably why people tend to think
the British versions are milkier, it’s because they are. The U.K version also uses ingredients like
palm oil and shea oil in regulation with E.U standards, and this could be another reason
that Hershey wanted the rights for the USA as they are not bound by the rules and regulations
of the European Union. Four Loko This drink is a popular mix between caffeine
and alcohol, and although it is banned in the U.S, it is still sold in Canada, and has
become increasingly popular in China. The drink was famous in the early 2000’s
for getting you incredibly hyper while also getting you incredibly drunk at the same time. The product was at times referred to as “blackout
in a can” which was not an inaccurate statement. A combination like this can be deadly, especially
for teenagers who aren’t used to high contents of caffeine or alcohol and is reportedly linked
to several deaths. This is the alleged reason it was banned in
the U.S but the parent company of Four Loko made a deal with the FDA to no longer include
caffeine in it’s drinks, which still allows the company to remain active. The caffeine is what likely made it so appealing
to teenagers, as they began to drink coffee in morning classes and drinking on weekends. The fruit flavored concoction was created
by college students who noticed people mixing caffeine with their alcohol in bars. They also came up with the initial logo of
“horny, hyper and happy” which really summed up the effects of the drink. Ultimately, it caused young people’s pulses
to exceed healthy rates and can cause many health problems like heart attacks, dangerously
high blood pressure, caffeine addiction and much more. Absinthe Ah, Absinthe, the famous drink from Gothic
romance novels like Dracula and the Parisian Moulin Rouge. The drink itself was created in Switzerland
by a French doctor in the 18th century. The drink acquired its nickname “The Green
Fairy” due it’s color and probably alcoholic potency that was rumored (though false) to
be hallucinogenic and can reach up to 74%. It is dangerously intoxicating and can be
accounted for numerous alcohol related deaths in the past. It is also a rough hangover to recover from. While it was originally meant for medicinal
purposes, many troops took it to bars where it spread and became a growing social problem,
causing drunkenly disorder, fights, and more violent crimes. The true reason that it is banned in the U.S
however is because one of the essential ingredients, Wormwood oil. This has been proven to cause seizures in
those who drink it frequently. There is a version in America that you can
get, it is created with an incredibly low level of Wormwood oil, kind of like a loophole
to making it legal, however true Absinthe remains banned. Casu Marzu This particular cheese is not only banned
in the U.S, it’s banned in the place of it’s very origin; Sardinia, Italy. Before any cheese lovers get excited, it’s
worth noting a can of rotten sardines would probably be more appealing than what is inside
Casu Marzu. It’s probably considered one of the grossest
but also most delicious cheeses there is and that’s because the big secret of the flavor
is live maggots, yes that’s right, and a specific type at that. It’s one of the few things that could be
banned based on its grossness alone. The process starts out by leaving a bunch
of pecorino cheese out in the open to allow a cheese fly, yes they exist, to get into
it and lay its eggs, which can number up to 500. The eggs hatch and begin to eat through the
cheese and basically poop it back out softer than before. By the time the cheese is ready to eat there
are thousands of these little cheese maggots inside. Oh, another thing to note is that it’s typically
thought to be unsafe to eat when the maggots have died so the dish is best eaten with them
all still alive. The reason it’s banned is because of the
whole live maggots part, as it is generally thought such things are not safe to ingest
and can carry numerous diseases. Kinder Eggs This is probably the most confusing to those
that live outside the United States. How on earth could the tiny chocolate egg
of so many childhoods be banned? It’s not actually any of the ingredients
or the process in which it’s made that are banned, it’s the surprise inside that is
the cause of its ban. The chocolate treat violates the Food, Drug,
and Cosmetics Act of 1930 which bans all treats from having anything inside them that wasn’t
nutritious. The little eggs can be found in every corner
store, gas station, and grocery store everywhere in North America, except the United States. Basically, because the eggs contain an, albeit
rather large, plastic container with a toy inside it’s deemed as a choking hazard. Since it’s marketed towards children it
was much too risky to let sit on the grocery store shelves. The government is so serious about this ban
that if you are caught sneaking some over the border you could face a $1,200 fine per
egg, so maybe not worth it. It’s definitely one of the stranger things
to be banned from American grocery stores, especially since the plastic container is
large and hard to open. Stay right here and tap on one of our other
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