I’m often asked about the prevalence of food bans in this country and elsewhere. Coming on the heels of things like California’s foie gras ban (and the resultant challenge to the law) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to ban sodas of a certain size, people wonder if such bans are really all that widespread. Unfortunately, they are.
While any list of such bans would be sorely incomplete, here’s a very quick run through some bans recently enacted or under consideration across the globe.
- Kibbeh (also known as kebbeh) and steak tartare [Ontario, Canada]
- Raw liver [Japan]
- Canned beverages [New Braunfels, Tex.]
- Olympic advertising and sponsorship by food companies [London, England]
- Tomatoes (on account of them being too “Christian”) [Egypt]
- Home gardens [Various]
Any others you’d like to add to the list?