By the way, unless you are nuerotic, you can eat your burgers rare, your eggs runny and your cheeses raw if you are even slightly judicious about your sources.
True, true... but I think the issue here is one of morality (or characterized as such).
Although the government can warn us of certain dangers, we, as consumers, ultimately have the choice in what we eat: ie.
shellfish, raw meats, unpasteurized dairy products, tobacco products, etc... Now, there are certain things that the government/FDA has identified as so toxic that no reasonable consumer should consume them, unpasteurized under-aged cheeses, for example - and these are legally banned. But, even many of these items are questionable - and new scientific studies are constantly wavering. The one product that comes to mind is Szechuan peppercorns
(a Chinese spice), which were outlawed until recently on the claim that they were highly carciniogenic.
Our government has also banned foods on the basis of environmental/natural preservation (e.g.
, forbidding certain products derived from endangered animals). Beluga caviar
jumps off the top of my head right now.
Here, I think that Nina C. has identified the more cogent issue: morality. And to tell the truth, other than alcohol, I can't readily think of another food item that the U.S. has banned on the basis of morality.
Edited by ulterior epicure, 27 April 2006 - 06:48 AM.