The Ketchup Dilemma
Ketchup is the quintessential American condiment, but when it was prohibited in French schools, it caused a lot of debate. Namely, in 2011, French schools banned free access to sauces and ruled that condiments like ketchup should only be given to students if they are appropriate for the dish. Even though the goal was to improve the quality of school meals, many media outlets ran the story and claimed that the French wanted to protect their culture against American influences.
Even though brominated vegetable oil is marked as safe in the US, it has been banned around the world. From Europe to Japan, this synthetic chemical has been prohibited in more than 100 countries. BVO can be found in sports drinks and sodas, most notably Mountain Dew and similar drinks that have a citrus flavor. The chemical was prohibited due to claims that it causes headaches, memory loss, fatigue, and tremors.
Kinder Surprise Eggs contain a hidden toy which was considered unsafe and dangerous for children by the US government. The small toys included in the treat were considered a choking hazard and Kinder eggs were banned in the US for more than 40 years. In 2011, over 60,000 eggs were smuggled into the US with fines for each egg that went up to $2,500. However, the ban on Kinder eggs was recently lifted, and a new, restyled version was introduced on the market.