7 foods that you might not know are banned in America

Epoisses cheese

Époisses, a French cheese known for its strong odor and bold taste, isn't available in its traditional form in the U.S. due to being made from unpasteurized raw milk and aged under 60 days. To experience it, a European vacation may be necessary.

Silver dragees

Although silver sprinkles are often used to decorate baked goods, the FDA classifies them as inedible because silver is not approved as a food additive or color.

Foie gras

Although foie gras is permitted in certain areas, it is banned in California. The controversy stems from the method of force-feeding ducks and geese, resulting in enlarged livers and potential health issues.

Flamin' Hot Cheetos

While the FDA remains uninvolved, Flamin' Hot Cheetos has sparked controversy in schools nationwide. Since 2012, certain districts in California, New Mexico, and Illinois have banned the snack citing its nutritional shortcomings and messy nature.

Sassafras oil

Your root beer doesn't include real sassafras oil. Due to its classification as a potential carcinogen, the oil is banned nationwide. Nevertheless, it's not prohibited in naturally occurring sources like cinnamon and basil.

Junk food

While junk food is abundant in the United States, California, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey have implemented bans on such items, including sodas, in schools to enhance students' overall health.

Queen conch

Queen conch meat, beloved in the Caribbean, is now illegal to harvest due to overfishing. The U.S. is reportedly accountable for 80% of the world's internationally traded queen conch, as noted by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sea turtles

Sea turtles, listed as endangered, can be legally hunted in 42 countries and territories globally, excluding the United States.