10 American foods that are banned in other countries

Citrus sodas

Some common citrus sodas in the US contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which has been linked to skin irritation, memory loss, and headaches. These beverages have been banned in the European Union and Japan.


Some countries, especially in the EU, are sceptical of the titanium dioxide found in Skittles, believing that it may cause DNA damage over time. Norway and Sweden have banned the product because it contains dyes like yellow 5 and yellow 6.

Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew has been banned in some countries, including Japan, because it contains an ingredient known as BVO (brominated vegetable oil). BVO is thought to be harmful to human health when consumed in large quantities.

Breakfast cereals

Some cereals in the United States contain butylated hydroxytoluene (or BHT) to extend their shelf life. They have been linked to kidney and thyroid issues.

Maraschino cherries

Maraschino cherries, which are popular in banana splits, are not widely consumed around the world. They contain red 40, a dye that is banned in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Ritz Crackers

Ritz Crackers have been banned in some European countries due to 130 their high trans-fat content.

Coffee mate creamer

Some European countries have banned Coffee mate creamer because it contains high levels of trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol.

Wheat Thins

Wheat Thins, which are popular in the United States, are banned in the UK, Europe, and Japan because they contain butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), a chemical that can be harmful to your health.

Farmed salmon

Farmed salmon in the US contains a compound known as astaxanthin, which is responsible for its bright pink colour. Australia and New Zealand have banned fish that contain this chemical.


Gatorade is a popular sports drink in the United States. But it is banned in Europe and Japan.