If you can’t tell from the way I look, I like food.
I like it so much that I even eat it every day! Shocking, right?
There are very few things better than a lovely home cooked meal, or as Walt likes to call it ‘take out’.
Different foods are popular around the world. In America, beef burgers are very popular, but in India, they’re not eaten at all.
Food brings people together, and it even helps form and influences cultures.
While some foods may be well loved in one place, they could be unpopular in another. Or they could even be banned!
Now, this could be because of cultural reasons, or it could be down to what’s inside the food, meaning it’s ingredients.
There are a number of countries that have banned certain food products because that item doesn’t meet the required standard for consumption.
This could be down to the food product containing a controversial ingredient or additive, but most of the time these banned foods have been forbidden due to public health concerns.
A banned food product may be forbidden due to the manufacturing or farming process. It could as be banned because one of its ingredients has been found to make people sick.
There are other foods that have been banned due to inedible parts. The biggest example of this is the Kinder Surprise Egg in the United States.
There is some debate as to whether or not some of these banned food products are actually dangerous.
But despite this ban, each country that issues a ban does it with the best interest.
Whether it is disallowing a questionable ingredient or regulating how the food is grown, each banned food product has a reason for being banned in these individual countries.
1. American poultry
It’s actually been found that some of the chickens raised in the United States has been found to contain antibiotics, and they are also cleaned with chlorine. Does anyone really want a chicken like that?
You might remember that this became a real talking point a few months ago, but whether you agree with it or not, that’s why it happened.
This is why American poultry is a banned food product in the EU and in Britain. Can’t say I blame them for banning it. It’s gross!
2. Red Dye No. 40, Yellow Dye No. 5 and No. 6
These artificial colors have been banned in the UK, and some other European countries have actually placed a warning on foods containing these dyes.
It turns out that people with pre-existing allergic conditions can have their illness worsened by eating these food colorings. People with eczema, asthma, and other allergies have all reported their symptoms getting worse after ingesting them!
3. Bread containing potassium bromate
Potassium bromate is an ingredient that helps to strengthen the dough and even increases elasticity.
But, due to its negative health effects, the controversial ingredient is banned in several countries, including places such as Canada and Australia. Yikes!