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3 most unusual food bans from around the world

If you are free to pick whatever you want to eat or drink from restaurants and food stores, you should be grateful for it. Imagine waking up one day only to find a certain type of food you love so much has been banned in your country. Countries have passed very unusual food bans in the past. Here are three of most bizarre food prohibitions that have got many people talking around the world.

1. Ketchup

Who would have thought ketchup would be a cultural threat to any nation? French authorities placed a ban on ketchup among children because it "masks the taste of whatever they [children] are eating." Christophe Hebert, the National Association of Directors of Collective Restaurants chairman and man behind it all, explained the ban thus:

“We [the French] have to ensure that children become familiar with French recipes so that they can hand them down to the following generation.”

Apparently, embracing the ketchup that is made from a combination of tomatoes, salt, spice, vinegar and sugar is giving in to an onrushing imperialism of the Anglo-Saxon world. A smear of ketchup is actually considered equivalent to playing an Adele tune on your iPod or watching a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pit or other American actor – very bad!

As it stands, all primary school children in France are prohibited from enjoying Ketchup – at least until they are a little older or the ban is lifted.

2. Foie Gras

Foie gras is a delicacy made from goose or duck liver that is popular in many places around the world. Although popular worldwide, the delicacy has been banned in Israel, Turkey and the European Union. Many states in North America have also tried to ban foie gras on many occasions without much success – except when Chicago banned foie gras in 2005 only to lift the ban in 2008.

Countries ban foie grass and add it to lists of unusual food bans because of a process called force-feeding. Geese and ducks are force-fed with foods like maize mash for about eight day to fatten them and enlarge the liver before they are slaughtered. Many people consider the process of force-feeding harmful and cruel because the birds are not accustomed to such high amounts of food in the wild.

3. Pig’s blood cake

Pig’s blood cake, a cake made from the blood of pigs and rice, is a popular delicacy in Taiwan where it is sold on wooden sticks. While the Taiwanese absolutely love their pig’s blood cake, American authorities want none of it. Unconfirmed repots indicate that the US Department of Agriculture banned pig’s blood cake throughout the US because the cakes are made in unsanitary conditions.

There is no mention of such a ban on the official US Department of Agriculture website and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, but the unusual "ban" has raised a stir in Taiwan where many Taiwanese vehemently oppose the ban. YouTube videos from Taiwan have even been created to protest the ban. Well, it looks like the Taiwanese really love their Pig's cake. Evidently, they don’t take unusual food “bans” lying down – especially when the bans touch on pig’s cake!

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