12 Foods and Beverages Banned Around the World for Reasons Both Sane and Silly

Contributor
But should you still eat them?
Ketchup

Flickr Steven Depolo 

The French banned ketchup from their primary schools because they were afraid students will use it to mask their traditional French cuisine. 

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.  

Click here to view the 12 Foods and Beverages Banned Around the World for Reasons Both Sane and Silly Slideshow

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.  

Related
GMO Salmon Banned From Whole Foods, Trader Joe'sBanned Products Chefs Wish They Could Have 8 Food Additives Banned Overseas That Are Legal in the United States5 Common American Foods Banned Around the World

Here are 12 foods it may surprise you to learn are banned around the world.