Texas to America: Food Bans Are for Weirdos

Via tjmwatson
Haggis. If you want it in Texas, you've got to get your own sheep lung.
There are some foods that aren't legally available in Texas due to federal import bans. Haggis from Scotland, for example, is banned because of restriction on importing sheep's lung. The Kinder Surprise, the Italian-produced chocolate egg filled with toys, has been banned because of the choking hazard that comes from filling a candy with small plastic objects.

A lot of states have their own food bans, though. California has been dealing with a ban on the sale of foie gras since 2012, largely because force-feeding ducks and geese to produce extra-fatty liver is considered inhumane.

Mississippi even enacted a ban against food bans in reaction to New York City's attempted ban on sodas (most obese state for the win). But here are a few foods you might be surprised you can find in Texas.

Raw Milk
The debate over unpasteurized milk is tense. The FDA is really not a fan of it, but there are no federal regulations banning it nation-wide. Most states have their own regulations for it, but by now more than half allow some kind of sale of it. It's legal in Texas but only can only be sold at the point of production, much to the chagrin of the Texas Real Milk movement (only four states allow it to be sold in retail stores).

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Shark Fin
Shark fin is another food that's banned in multiple states because of inhumane harvesting practices. Fishermen pull up a shark, slice off its dorsal fin and then toss the shark back into the water, where it promptly dies. California also banned shark fin at the start of this year, and opponents of the law claimed that it discriminated against Asian Americans since the dish was so popular in Chinese cuisine. Appeals courts were unconvinced though. Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oregon and Washington also ban it, but half of those are states no one cares about. Texans can enjoy all the shark fin soup they want.

Technically the only state in the country to specifically ban the consumption of blood is Louisiana. And it is very specific: it is illegal to ingest blood, urine or feces for ritual purposes. The good news is that the general eating of blood is fine, so you can still have all the boudin noir you want while visiting, you just can't eat it if the sausage has any kind of religious significance for you. In the Lone Star State, though, personal liberty and and freedom of religion are tantamount. People are free to eat as much holy blood sausage as they want, along with Swedish blood soup, blood tofu and ... I guess whatever dishes one would make from urine or feces.

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Think about it jarhead


Hey dumb ass....Does that sound like I support the proposition?


Them there repubs try to kill all the good folk of texas.  Thank God he sent demos to save us.  Without them we would all be dead!

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The "raw" (unpasteurized) milk issue is a hoot.

Republicans decided that pasteurizing the milk to kill harmful bacteria was a persecution by the government against them.  So they lobbied for the right to sell each other tainted product... and won.

The GOOD NEWS is that no other state is willing to buy that crap from them.  So, you just have to be careful IN Texas, that the milk really did come from a legitimate farm, and not one of those Republican shit factories.


I'm not a fan if blood. Or feces or urine. Foie gras on the other hand is delightful.


@barrbo what in the fuck are you talking about? Are you sarcastically insinuating that without government intervention, the "good folks of Texas*" would all be dropping dead?


@bvckvs a juvenile assertion from a senior citizen...fuck your world.

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