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Foods Banned in Other Countries 2024

North Korea

North Korea is a country in East Asia that is known for its strict government and isolationist policies. Of course, the government of North Korea has banned many foods and products that it considers to be a threat to the country's security or ideology. One of the most well-known banned foods in North Korea is sushi. The government has banned sushi and other Japanese dishes because of the country's historic animosity towards Japan. In addition, sushi is considered to be a luxury food and is only eaten by the wealthy, which goes against the government's notion of perceived equality.

Another banned food in North Korea is dog meat. The consumption of dog meat is considered taboo in many Western countries, but it is a traditional dish in North Korea. However, the government has recently banned the consumption of dog meat because it is considered to be a health hazard. Dog meat has historically been eaten throughout east Asia, as it is considered one of the few meals that help to prevent illness in hot summers, as well as increase fertility.

United States

The United States is a bastion of North America and the west, known for its diverse cultures, liberty, and abundant food supply distribution. Despite this, there shockingly are some foods and products that are banned in the United States. One of the most well-known banned foods in the United States is raw milk. The consumption of raw milk, which has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria, is illegal in many states. This is because raw milk can contain harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, that can cause serious illness.

Another banned food in the United States is unpasteurized apple juice. Like raw milk, unpasteurized apple juice can contain harmful bacteria that can cause illness. The consumption of unpasteurized apple juice is illegal in the United States, and companies that produce it can face fines and other penalties. Unpasteurized apple juice, milk, or other beverages are also banned in many other parts of North America, which is uncommon in western European countries.

Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world, located in both continents of Europe and Asia, which is known for its cold climate and hearty cuisine. Despite this, there are some foods and products that are banned in Russia. One of the most well-known banned foods in Russia is McDonald's french fries. In 2010, the Russian government banned the import of McDonald's french fries because they did not meet the country's standards for potato products. The ban was later lifted, but McDonald's still sources its fries from other countries.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are banned in the country as well. The Russian government has banned the production and sale of GMOs because of concerns about their safety and potential health effects. This has led to a thriving market for organic and non-GMO products in Russia, which serves both domestic and international markets. Of course, this has been affected by the Russo-Ukraine conflict, which occurred officially on Feb 24, 2022.

  • List should be viewed as a representative sample rather than comprehensive. Many countries ban entire food groups (such as GMOs) or food additives such as BHT, so listing every possible food item that includes such ingredients would be logistically prohibitive. Moreover, many products, such as pork infused with Ractopamine, are illegal in more countries than may be listed.

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Country
Banned Foods
AustraliaAbsinthe | Farmed salmon | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Instant mashed potatoes | US breakfast cereal brands |
AustriaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix | Citrus soda | Coffee-mate | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Farmed salmon | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Gatorade | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Jell-O gelatin | Little Debbie Swiss Rolls | Maraschino cherries | Mountain Dew | Pillsbury Crescent Rolls | Raspberry Jell-O | Ritz Crackers | Skittles | Sunkist Soda | Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Dip | Twinkies | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
BelgiumArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
BrazilRitz cracker
BulgariaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
CanadaDoritos light | Instant mashed potatoes | Ritz cracker | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
ChinaMeat with ractopamine (pork) | Ritz cracker
CroatiaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
CyprusCitrus soda | Doritos light | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Instant mashed potatoes | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
Czech RepublicArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
DenmarkArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix | Citrus soda | Coffee-mate | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz crackers | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
EstoniaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US prepackaged ground beef | US pork
FinlandArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Maraschino cherries | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
FranceArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Ketchup | Maraschino cherries | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
GermanyArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
GreeceArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
HungaryArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix | Citrus soda | Coffee-mate | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Farmed salmon | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Gatorade | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Maraschino cherries | Mountain Dew | Raspberry Jell-O | Ritz Crackers | Skittles | Sunkist Soda | Swiss Rolls | Twinkies | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
IcelandBetty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix | Coffee-mate | Ritz Crackers
IndiaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Beef
IrelandArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
ItalyArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
JapanCitrus soda | Frosted Flakes | Honey Bunches of Oats | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Pillsbury Pie Crust | Rice Krispies | Stove Top stuffing | US breakfast cereal brands | US milk | Wheat Thins
LatviaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
LithuaniaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
LuxembourgArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
MaltaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
NetherlandsArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
New ZealandAbsinthe | Farmed salmon | Froot Loops cereal | Instant mashed potatoes | US breakfast cereal brands | US pork
NorwayCoffee-mate | Fresca soda | Froot Loops | Froot Loops cereal | Gatorade | Jell-O (some flavors) | Little Debbie Swiss Rolls | Lucky Charms | Maraschino cherries | Pillsbury Crescent Rolls | Ritz Crackers | Skittles | Sunkist Soda | Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Dip | Twinkies
PeruBread with Potassium bromate
PolandArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
PortugalArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
RomaniaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
RussiaMeat with ractopamine (pork)
Saudi ArabiaBacon
SingaporeChewing gum
SlovakiaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
SloveniaArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
SomaliaSamosas
SpainArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
SwedenArby’s sourdough breakfast bread, croissant, and French toast sticks | Citrus soda | Doritos Light | Drumstick ice cream | Fresca soda | Froot Loops cereal | Hawaiian papaya | Instant mashed potatoes | Mountain Dew | Ritz cracker | Skittles | US apples | US breakfast cereal brands | US chicken | US milk | US pork | US prepackaged ground beef
SwitzerlandBetty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix | Coffee-mate | Fresca soda | Ritz Crackers
United KingdomArsenic-Laced Chicken | Blood Clams | Bread With Potassium Bromate | Fresca soda | Genetically Engineered Papaya | High fructose corn syrup | Maraschino cherries | Pillsbury Pie Crust | Pink Slime meat product | Pork Infused With Ractopamine | Pufferfish | Sannakji | Stove Top stuffing | Wheat Thins
United StatesAbsinthe (unless thujone-free) | Ackee fruit | Authentic (homemade) brie | Beluga caviar | Bird's nest soup | Black pudding | Bushmeat | Camembert (authentic Camembert de Normandie) | Casu marzu cheese | Époisses cheese (from France) | Flamin' Hot Cheetos (banned in some schools) | Foie gras (banned in California) | Four Loko (original caffeinated version) | Haggis | Horse meat | Japanese pufferfish | Junk food (banned in some schools) | Kinder Eggs (original version) | Lazy Cakes | Mirabelle plums | Mont d'Or cheese | Ortolan | Queen conch | Raw milk | Redfish (banned in most states) | Sassafras oil | Sea turtles | Shark fins (banned in US in 2022) | Silver dragees (silver sprinkles) | Swan (specifically the trumpeter swan)
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