Top 5 Banned Foods
While we are generally allowed freedom of choice when it comes to what we eat or drink, there are some foodstuffs that have been deemed so controversial they have been banned from sale due to concerns about negative effects on the health, safety and well-being of consumers.
Absinthe is often considered the drink of genius' due to its reputation for inducing creativity. However, the potent spirit - nicknamed the green fairy - is actually said to have harmful
Absinthe is often considered the drink of genius' due to its reputation for inducing creativity. However, the potent spirit - nicknamed the green fairy - is actually said to have harmful neurological effects due to its inclusion of controversial ingredient thujone. Due to its perceived link to violence and mental illness, absinthe has over the years been banned in many places around the world, including Switzerland (1910), USA (1912) and France (1915).
However, although in many cases its formula is somewhat different from the traditional one (with low levels of thujone), absinthe is one product that has actually managed to reinstate itself as a perfectly legal tipple in most countries, although the ban still stands in Vanuatu and certain regions of New Zealand. Furthermore, the USA have imposed regulations that, while absinthe may be bought, it must be free from thujone and the term "absinthe" must not stand alone on the label.