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Various foods and beverages are banned in countries around the world for numerous reasons, but food regulatory policy is far from objective. Some countries have a preventative approach to food safety and implement regulatory laws based on the potential dangers of certain additives, production processes, or ingredients — whereas other governments might ban foods based on environmental, economic, ethical, or cultural concerns.
But what makes food regulation such an interesting topic is that it represents not only the intersection of culture, science, and politics, but also the mindset of a particular era. What was deemed safe one year may be found to be dangerous the next, just as an animal production system once considered ethical might later be perceived as immoral.
Food regulatory laws are not set in stone, nor have they been passed down from the heavens. Just like any other legislation, they can be subjective, biased, and flat-out irrational.
Here are 12 foods it may surprise you to learn are banned around the world.