1. Absinthe – has been banned from the U.S. forever, due to amount of wormwood found in the hallucinogenic elixir.
2. Pig’s Blood Cake – this Taiwanese delicacy is a mix of pig’s blood and rice on a stick. Clearly banned due to unsanitary issues.
3. Sassafras Oil – which used to be the flavoring of root beer, was banned because it was found to cause cancer in lab rats.
4. Haggis – was banned in the U.S. because one of its key ingredients is sheep’s lungs, and our government doesn’t want us eating those.
5. Fugu – is the most poisonous Japanese puffer fish. Please skip the Fugu roll next time you’re out for sushi.
6. Kinder Eggs – this German candy egg has a milk chocolate shell, and a hollow center where there’s a little toy. Too much of a chocking hazard, but still delicious for being banned.
7. Pommac – the government ended up banning the chemical that was used as its sweetner, sodium cyclamate, and that was the end of this champagne-flavored soft drink forever.
8. Authentic Italian meats – We can eat salami, prosciutto and headcheese (which, of course, isn’t cheese) here in the U.S. But it has to be slaughtered and produced here. Sorry no exports either.
9. Horse meat – it’s illegal to slaughter horses for food in the U.S. Riding only everybody.
10. Vegemite – vegemite contains folate, which is a food additive that the FDA isn’t too sweet on. So while there’s no official Vegemite ban, it’s murky enough that people are reluctant to import it.
11. Four Loko (the original) – The FDA decided to ban Four Loko because the mix of alcohol and caffeine is so dangerous. Hope they don’t find out about the other ways people have been mixing caffeine and alcohol forever.