A Look at banned foods across the globe

Have you ever visited a place and refused food that you order as that food is banned in that country? Sounds strange? Well, there are different banned foods around the world. Here we have listed them:

Never order Somosas when in …..


Samosa, the Indian snack is famous all around the world. There is hardly any state in India that does not sell samosas. However, you will get this snack in Indian stores around the world. They are small triangle shaped flour pockets filled with potato fillings. Yes, they are deep fried and tastes amazing. People love eating them with ketchup or tamarind chutney.

Where are they banned?

Well, they are banned in Somalia.

Why are they banned?

Somalia is much controlled by an extremist Islamic group called Al-Shabaab and they decided on this ban. According to them the triangular shape of Samosa is closely associated with the Christian Trinity. Locals are punished on buying, selling or cooking Samosas in Somalia. Stores that were selling Samomas in Somalia have stopped selling them. However, this snacks was popular in stores of Somalia before the ban.

No ketchup for kids in Primary School


Tomato ketchup is famous around the world. They are not only readily available in restaurants but also at home. They help make the regular snacks yummy. There will be hardly any human on Earth who has not tasted or addicted to ketchup.

Where is it banned?

Ketchup is banned in Primary Schools in France.

Why is it banned?

If your kid is going to a Primary School in France then chances are that your kid has to have French Fries without ketchup. The government has realized that the tomato ketchup mask the taste of anything to which it is added. They want kids to know more about the French cuisine, which is world famous. By banning ketchup they are focusing more on French Dishes. They also believe that kids after knowing French cuisine will pass it on to the next generation once grown up.

No Kinder Surprise for your kids


Not only kids, adults are also fond of Kinder Joy. Chocolate eggs with a little surprise for all is a treat to kids. The word Kinder means “children” in German. The grocery shops are filled with Kinder Joy and no wonder kids love them. This popular product originated as Kinder Sorpresa in Italy in the year 1974.

Where is it banned?

Kinder Joy in banned in the USA.

Why is it banned?

Kinder Joy has some non nutritive object in the product. Thus, it has been banned in the USA. Moreover they have banned it as it has a plastic toy in it. They fear that children will eat it and get chocked.

Don’t dare to chew gums


Who has not chewed gums? While at work or play it is very common to chew gums. Due to its high demand, gums come in different flavors, like, mint, chocolate, strawberry and others. Few people even call it an art to blow gums. All around the world you will see people chewing gums.

Where is it banned?

In Singapore you are not allowed to chew gums, unless prescribed.

Why is it banned?

If you all remember the name, Lee Kuan Yew, the man who changed Singapore. He also insisted on cleanliness a lot. Keeping in mind the mischief and dirtiness chewing gums spread, it was banned in Singapore. Singaporeans believes that the footpaths look much cleaner without gums on them. However, if you are prescribed to chew gums then you can. If you are chewing gums and then get caught, be ready to show documents that you are prescribed.

No Mountain Dews PLEASE!


Mountain Dew is different from the regular cola drink. Thus, it is liked by many. In India, this product is associated with all kinds of dare. It says drink Mountain Dew and dare to win. Can you imagine this drink to be banned in some parts of the world?

Where is it banned?

Mountain Dew in banned in Europe and Japan.

Why is it banned?

BVO is a kind of toxic chemical that is banned in several countries. It is so because it competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body. This element leads to hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer. The main ingredient, bromine, is a poisonous, corrosive chemical, linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss. Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is vegetable oil which is bonded with atoms of the element bromine. Mountain Dew contains BVO and hence, is restricted in Europe and Japan.

What do you think about banned foods around the world?

Is your favorite snack item included in the list too? Let us know in the comments below :)


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