5 Foods Not Allowed in the US

Some for pretty disturbing reasons
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2018 5:56 PM CST

  1. Ackee fruit: This fruit grown in West Africa and Jamaica is banned and cannot be imported into the US ... because if you eat an unripe fruit, you can get Jamaican vomiting sickness, which causes uncontrollable vomiting and could even lead to seizures or death. It happens due to a nonproteinogenic amino acid that lowers blood sugar and can thus lead to hypoglycemia, and dozens die of the illness per year.
  2. Sassafras oil: The sassafras plant grows in the US, but its oil has been banned from use in commercially mass-produced foods since 1960 because it contains safrole, which has been shown to be carcinogenic. (Safrole is also one of the main ingredients in ecstasy.) Before the ban, sassafras oil was used in root beer.
  3. Kinder Eggs: Though you can find a modified version in the US, you won't find the original version of this candy, also called Kinder Surprise, which is popular in Europe. The hollow egg-shaped chocolates have small toys inside and the US banned them after determining the toys could pose a health and safety risk to children under age 3. The fine for bringing one of the banned versions into the US is $2,500 per egg.
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