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If I order snacks from another country can they send me something with US "banned" ingredients?

Asked by SergeantQueen (12874points) 3 weeks ago
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Just using a random example, obviously this is not reality.

Let’s say I order a snack box from Japan. The United States banned high fructose corn syrup, but most snacks in Japan have high fructose corn syrup. Can the Japan snack box send me snacks with that ingredient in it? Or does that ban only apply to US made products?

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Zaku's avatar

Depends on what the “ban” rules say.

Some bans are just for retailers selling in the jurisdiction the law applies to, for example.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Yes, they can, because hardly anyone is checking.

smudges's avatar

The US hasn’t banned HFCS. Consumption in the US has remained steady for the past 10 years. maybe you were just making up an example

SergeantQueen's avatar

LOL @smudges

> Just using a random example, obviously this is not reality.

Yes, it was a made up example lol

Brian1946's avatar

Generally speaking, they can send the aforementioned snax.

Per your example, HFCS doesn’t present an immediate danger to virtually anyone, and at worst, it will probably present a long-term health threat only to the consumer.

Forever_Free's avatar

Legality is up to the sender. The DEA, FDA, or ATF agents will not be at your door.
Realistically of course you can.

Zaku's avatar

Actual example from ~20 years ago:

Absinthe was generally illegal to sell in the USA. Not illegal in France. People in the US can/did order it from vendors in France.

Kraigmo's avatar

They’re not supposed to sell products to America with USDA or FDA banned ingredients.
But realistically speaking, you can literally order coca leaf from Brazil, and odds are greater than 99% that you’ll receive it, no problem.

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