Last Updated on February 12, 2020
Food is part of what distinguishes cultures. Our cultural heritage and nationality also have a food component — the food we eat while growing up modules our taste buds. We are usually really proud too about our national dishes, and we tend to dislike any appropriations they might suffer.
Globalization, however, change the food industry — that’s to that, we can now experience our beloved and traditional dishes pretty much everywhere in the world. Or can we? Can our favorite dish be part of the list of banned foods around the world? Can our favorite delicacy appear on the index of banned products in the world? That’s what we are going to find out now in this list of 11 common foods banned in other countries.
1. Beluga caviar
Beluga caviar, one of the most valuable and exquisite delicacies in the world, is part of the list of banned foods in the US. This type of caviar is one of the most expensive available in the market.
What is caviar exactly? That is the question someone with less costly tastes can ask, and we are here to reply to it. Iranian beluga caviar is basically the raw eggs of a fish of the Caspian see called — you guessed it — beluga sturgeon.
Why is this luxury banned? Is it a political issue? Well, apparently not. The reason behind this ban is an environmental one. You see, beluga sturgeon is an endangered species due to the excessive consumption of this kind of caviar in the past. That’s also one of the reasons why it is so expensive. There have been some partial lifts in this ban, but the importation of this particular caviar is still forbidden.
2. Chewing gum
It is something so familiar and so consumed worldwide that the idea of not being able to find chewing gums somewhere in our globalized world seems crazy. However, that’s the case in Singapore.
Known for being a clean and tidy country, Singapore stopped selling and importing chewing gum in 1992. It seems crazy, but think about how much chewing gum ends up on the floor and the cost of removing it.