Foods and drinks banned in the USA
Replies: 44 - Last Post: May 13, 2013 2:19 PM Last Post By: Kerouac2
May 3, 2013 5:25 AM
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May 9, 2013 1:09 PM
33Anyone who is wonderfing about mooncakes...I used to receive some as gifts during the time of the festival. They are dense, heavy and full of fat or oil. You know the kind: put it on a piece of paper and the paper turns oily...
of course I've never developed a taste for the bean fillings.
Since it is a festival food and usually given as a gift (personal, business, etc) the packaging is the better part of it for me.
One thing I don't find in asian markets (and there's a lot of them in SoCal) is shrimp chips for frying...they're made with tapioca I think plus ground up shrimp...about the size of a US half-dollar. Drop them in hot oil and they puff up to four times the size and are crispy. I've had them in France, served as an appetiser before a Thai/Chinese meal...and I know they were cooked fresh.
Nutrax...I know what you mean about USDA regulations. I used to have to read the updates for work.
Some regulations/restrictions/tariff barriers are political in nature. Roquefort cheese is subject to a 100% tariff into the US because Jose Bovee (who is or used to be a farmer who raised the sheep that produce the milk for that cheese) was big in the press about anti-OGM and anti-multinational corporations dominated the food industry...(Europeans probably will remember him as trashing (burning?) a McD...he's been willing to go to prison for his beliefs and more power to him, I say.
So I buy Danish blue but it isn't the same. Of course there's a feta made from the same milk and that doesn't have the same restrictions (sorry, can't remember the name but I do buy it when it's on sale)...
May 9, 2013 3:27 PM
I'm about to gag. I used to scan the Federal Register for work-related topics. I usually did it early in the morning or late in the day, because reading about revisions in the allowable amounts of rodent hairs or rodent droppings in various foods wasn't something that I wanted to do just before or after a nice lunch.
May 11, 2013 5:46 AM
May 11, 2013 7:44 AM
36Jose Bove was not an instigator of the tariff, although he did protest it and bragged that he'd smuggled Roquefort into the US. (Quotes from the sources below.
The issue had to do with EU prohibitions on hormone-treated beef.
In 2009, the tariff on Roquefort was increased to 300%, and a 100% tariff imposed on other EU products.
The implementations of the tariffs was delayed while negotiations went on.
The US & the EU reached a settlement.
Bush War on Roquefort Raises a Stink in France
Hope for Roquefort fans
U.S. Drops Tariffs on Roquefort
The plural of anecdote is not data.
May 11, 2013 10:25 PM
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May 12, 2013 1:32 AM
41And José Bové is a peasant like I'm a princess.
His parents were scientists and worked at Berkeley, which is why he speaks English. He is also a member of the European Parliament and was a candidate for the French presidency in 2007.
He became a sheep farmer when he was in his 20s, after participating in various trade unionist and politically left-wing battles. He ticks all the boxes: anti-globalization, anti-Israeli, anti-American.
As a sheep farmer, it's wonderful how he manages to be anywhere he can get his name in the news as a protester or as a supporter of radical causes.
May 12, 2013 8:15 AM
422013 tariff schedule
From "Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden"
Roquefort cheese (provided for in subheading 0406.40.20 or 0406.40.40) 100%
The subheading specifies "original loaves" and "other"
Truffles are also 100%. So is chocolate from France.
It supersedes a previous tariff of 35%.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
May 12, 2013 9:03 AM
May 13, 2013 2:19 PM
44I spent half of my life sneaking forbidden items in the United States for my parents. I had things confiscated a grand total of one time, out a total of about 70 trips. Wasn't thrown in jail or fined either. The customs authorities seem to understand that most of the rules are ridiculous, at least regarding food items brought from Europe, and they were more embarrassed than I was.
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