8 Staple Indian Foods Banned Abroad

Ashima Sharda Mahindra, Times Now Digital

Nov 20, 2023

Samosa

?Samosas are banned in Somalia due to its perceived links with Indian culture, which is seen as a foreign influence. However, they are one of the most consumed tea-time snacks in India, relished for the delicious potato stuffing and crispy outer pastry

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Chyawanprash

?This popular Ayurvedic health supplement which uses lots of herbs and spices has been banned in Canada since 2005 citing high levels of lead and mercury. The ban aimed at protecting consumers from potential health risks associated with the product

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Ghee

?Ghee, one of the most popular ingredients for cooking in India faces a ban in the United States. The US Food and Drug Administration believes it may cause heart attack, blood pressure issues and obesity

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Ketchup

?In India no snack is complete without a ketchup, popularly known as tomato sauce. However, France has banned ketchup after the government noticed excess consumption among teenagers, citing health reasons

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Chewing gum

?Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 1992. The ban encompassed all substances made from the “gum base of vegetable or synthetic origin”, such as “bubble gum or dental chewing gum”

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Kebabs

?Kebabs are yummy and juicy snacks which are loaded with meats, vegetables and spices. However, in Venice kebabs are banned to 'preserve decorum and traditions' of city

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Poppy seeds

?A widely used ingredient in Indian cooking, poppy seeds, obtained from the opium poppy are banned in Singapore and Taiwan. The government say due to its morphine content and risk of viable seeds being sold to grow opium poppies, they have been banned

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Jelly cups

Jelly cups are a among children, but the mini cups have been banned in Australia citing a substantial number of deaths and near deaths in the country

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