Weird Eats

Here’s Why These 3 Strange Foods Are Banned In The United States

Usually, the FDA has good reason for banning a product in the United States. Somehow, these three food products are still finding their way into our cupboards. The fines for being caught with these products aren’t worth the craze.

Kinder Surprise Eggs: The Reason Behind The YouTube Obsession

Ever walk into the living room to see your toddler watching another toddler open up Kinder Surprise Eggs on YouTube? You make a mental note to pick one up, but six stores later, no luck. There’s a reason for this—they’re banned.

These hollow chocolate eggs contain a plastic capsule that houses a small plastic toy. Since the FDA banned the sale of “non-nutritive” items inside candy in 1938, Surprise Eggs lost their opportunity to ever be sold in the United States.

According to the FDA, these eggs are a serious choking hazard. If you’re caught with them, the fine is $1,200 per egg.

Raw Milk: The Pros Aren’t Worth The Risks

For the past decade, there’s been an ongoing debate in the United States between those with holistic lifestyles and dairy farmers over the safety of selling raw milk. In 1987, a law was passed that required milk products to be pasteurized in order to be sold. So far, 18 states have banned in response to this law.

The risks of drinking raw milk include diarrhea, vomiting, and even death from the consumption of harmful bacteria. Raw milk can also be a host for listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella. If you live in a state where raw milk is still available in stores, familiarize yourself with the risks.

Those in favor of drinking raw milk swear that the pros outweigh the cons, but a higher percentage of people argue that better bone health isn’t worth the risk of death.

Casu Marzu: If The Bugs Are Dead, The Cheese Is Bad

Everybody loves cheese—even the lactose intolerant—but there is one cheese even the most extreme cheese lovers quiver over the thought of eating.

Casu marzu is a cheese made in Sardinia, Italy. This cheese is a very active cheese. It’s full of live maggots, and yes, that’s how you’re supposed to eat it. To produce casu marzu, milk is gathered from sheep and set aside for a couple weeks. The crust is then cut off so flies can lay eggs inside. The cheese is placed in dark rooms so the eggs can hatch into larvae. When all the larvae hatches, the cheese is ready to eat!

If the maggots are dead, the cheese has gone bad. Oh, by the way—although Italy makes this cheese, the country also bans its citizens from consuming it.