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Do restaurant's anywhere, in any country, have to declare to the health authorities what their secret ingredient is?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19783points) January 12th, 2021

Just in case it is a restricted/controlled substance?

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elbanditoroso's avatar


In 95% of cases it’s the mixture of ingredients, and the techniques of cooking, that makes the difference.

The only ‘illegal’ food that comes to mind is the US ban on haggis, because sheep’s lungs are seen as extraordinarily prone to carry infection from the stomach – making the sheep’s lungs a big safety risk.

si3tech's avatar

Interesting question. I always wondered what made Cinnabon cinnamon rolls so absolutely
delicious to me. Do a search for copycat recipes which may help for particular dish/food.

AK's avatar

They don’t have to. Recipes are considered as trade secrets, so, there is no compulsion on any restaurant, anywhere in the world, to disclose them. There are some restaurants, especially high end ones, that take pride in detailing every item on their menu. Even then, they don’t disclose the exact proportions of ingredients. They mask it by saying things like – a dash of semolina. a hint of spice, a dribble of sauce, a pinch of salt….never the exact measurement.

I think you wanted to ask – what if there’s an illegal substance in any of the recipes? That is taken care of by the other rules and regulations that restaurants across the world have to comply with. The authorities strictly prohibit usage of certain ingredients. It is a constantly updated list, which the restaurant owners get periodically (or download from the net). Anything on that list cannot be used….everything else (as long as they are food grade) can be used.

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