15. Bird’s Nest Soup
If you have a hankering for a crunchy nest made of solidified bird spit, you will be disappointed to learn this delicacy is banned in the U.S. These curious morsels are used to make the traditional Chines bird’s nest soup. Unfortunately, ingesting these nests carries a risk of contracting diseases such as Avian flu. You might want to stick with Mom’s chicken noodle soup instead.
14. Casu Marzu
While the U.S. has banned many types of unpasteurized cheese, casu marzu is in a class of its own. To make this Sardinian cheese, fly larvae are incorporated into Pecorino cheese, where they hatch into maggots. The maggots digest the cheese, fermenting it and giving it a creamy texture. To enjoy this cheese, it is consumed while the maggots are still alive.
13. Foie Gras
Although legal in other parts of the U.S., foie gras is banned in California. This delicacy is produced by force-feeding geese to enlarge their livers. While this may result in a flavorful dish, it is considered inhumane by many. While chefs and trade groups bemoan the California ban, animal rights activists continue their fight to keep foie gras off the menu in this state.Related: 9 American Foods That Have Been Banned In Other Countries