25 Illegal Foods You Might Not Be Able To Eat

Have you ever eaten something illegal? That probably sounds like a strange question. After all, how can food be illegal? Well, some foods can be and are illegal. It usually has to do with a species being endangered or the food itself having some sort of harmful ingredient. However, this doesn’t meant that these foods are illegal everywhere. It’s possible for some foods to be banned in one country but not the next. But be careful, because some foods are not only illegal, but carry some steep consequences if illegally eaten or even possessed. These are 25 illegal foods you might not be able to eat!

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Unpasteurized milk

cowSource: washingtonpost.com

Twenty one states ban the sale of raw milk and the rest tend to regulate it heavily.

19

Samosas

SamosaSource: dailymail.co.uk;

Samosas are banned in Somalia because the al-Shabaab Islamist group ruled the snack to be ‘offensive’ and too Christian. The Christian part is due to the triangular shape of the snack which resembles the symbol for the Christian Holy Trinity.


18

Poppy Seeds

poppy seedsSource: Finedininglovers.com; poppyseedtearecipe.com; thenational.ae

Did you know that poppy seeds have landed people in jail? Because the poppy seeds are derived from the opium poppy plant and contain opiates, the poppy seed has been banned in Singapore, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2013 a 45 year old actually landed in an UAE jail for four years due to possessing 102 grams of the seed. After his sentence, he was scheduled to be deported.

17

Haggis

HaggisSource: mentalfloss.com

This savory Scottish pudding is banned in the US because it contains sheep lung, which violates federal food safety guidelines. Thus far, despite the Scottish government’s best efforts, the law still stands.


16

Absinthe

AbsintheSource: huffingtonpost.com

Although the ban on some diluted forms of this drink was lifted in 1997, it is still heavily regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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