Five Unusual Foods That Are Banned in Minnesota
Minnesota's food and restaurant scene is one of the most dynamic in the country, but did you know there are five foods that are banned here in the Bold North?
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is known for some great restaurants and some uniquely Minnesota foods. Tater Tot Casserole, anyone? Or perhaps you'd like to try some lutefisk? Yeah, both of those foods are really only found here in the North Star State. But there are some unusual foods that you WON'T find here in Minnesota.
There aren't all that many foods that are actually banned here in the Gopher State, but keep scrolling to check out five foods that are not allowed here in Minnesota. And, once you see which ones made the list, it's likely you probably wouldn't want to eat them anyway.
Reader's Digest says raw, or unpasteurized milk, hasn’t been pasteurized to kill bacteria, and is 150 times more likely to cause foodborne illness than pasteurized dairy products, according to the FDA’s website, and its sale is banned in 21 states, including Minnesota.
While Reader's Digest notes that horse meat is 'a fairly popular dish in other parts of the world,' importing horse meat and utilizing horse slaughterhouses are both illegal in Minnesota and across the U.S.
SHARK FIN SOUP
This Culture Trip story says that any product made with shark fins, like shark fin soup, is banned in Minnesota and every other U.S. state, due mainly to the 'cruel method of acquiring them (which involves cutting the fins of the animal while alive and throwing it back into the sea) and to preserve shark numbers.'
Reader's Digest says this food is considered a delicacy in other parts of the world and was so popular it resulted in endangered the wild Beluga sturgeon population. It's been banned here in Minnesota and the rest of the U.S. since 2005.
Mashed says haggis is a food native to Scotland and is made of from a sheep's stomach and 'filled with sheep's liver, heart, and lungs, as well as oatmeal, suet, stock, onions, and spices.' I'll pass! Which is a good thing, since Reader's Digest says the USDA banned any food containing lungs in 1971.
While most of those five banned foods here in Minnesota originated in other countries, there are some foods that we love here in the U.S. that are viewed in a much different light overseas. Keep scrolling to see which ones they are!
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