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Banned in the U.S.A.
Good news for dieters? A growing number of food products the government doesn't want you to eat.
September 20, 2004: 12:29 PM EDT
By Les Christie, CNN/Money contributing writer

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NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - America's wealth is the envy of much of the world. But there are things that money can't buy here -- and we don't mean love.

The United States bans the import many products enjoyed in other countries. When it comes to food, in particular, the federal government can be pretty picky.

Sometimes, bans are intended to keep out some pathogen deadly to plants or people. Other prohibitions are designed to protect an industry. Still others are attempts to bolster endangered species.

Whatever the reason, though, there will always be Americans who look to circumvent the laws. In many cases, the government will raise little objection. Nevertheless, there are practical, legal, and moral issues with many of these bans.

Still, it's nice to imagine a time Americans might be able to buy everything from cigars to cheese without fear of sanction. When that day will arrive, however, may be more difficult to picture.

Click here for a selection of products that are banned in the USA.  Top of page

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