The United States is the “land of the free” , however, they are known for having some pretty silly laws. Some of these laws include a ban on objects, foods and practices that otherwise seem harmless. Listed below are a few of the stranger bans that have a lot of people scratching their heads.
Unpasteurized or “raw” milk was a household staple in the U.S. before the late-19th-century implementation of pasteurization techniques, which were intended to make milk products safer. Laws banning raw milk are meant to protect consumers from harmful bacteria, but proponents of raw milk argue that current standards in farm sanitation make the unpasteurized liquid safe to drink.
This Highly alcoholic drink derives from herbs, including woodworm, fell under a strict ban as it was thought to be an addictive hallucinogen. Certain classes of absinthe were allowed into the U.S. in 1997, when the FDA ruled that imported containers of the drink are legal if they contain less than 100 parts per million of thujone, a toxic chemical present in wormwood.
You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else. As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from “diverting” water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.
B17 (Vitamin in Bitter Almond Tree)
This item is not necessarily banned as much as heavily regulated. The B17 vitamin is believed to have cancer curing properties, however, it is very limited to grow, sell or purchase under the pretense of medicine.
This pear-shaped fruit, which is the national fruit of Jamaica – contains toxins that can suppress the body’s ability to release an extra supply of glucose, plunging one’s blood sugar level and potentially leading to death.
The oil is extracted from the root or bark of a sassafras tree and was once a popular ingredient in tea and root beer. After scientific evidence deemed safrole a potential carcinogen, the FDA implemented the ban.
Japanese Puffer Fish
The fish is illegal to purchase or sell due to its dangerous qualities. Certain organs and the fish’s skin contain tetrodotoxin, an extremely poisonous toxin that can paralyze a human, and even lead to asphyxiation.
This traditional Sardinian cheese developed when the cheese fly larvae are introduced into pecorino to promote advanced fermentation. The larvae help soften the cheese, however, this cheese falls under the category with the unpasteurized milk.