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There's no accounting for taste

October 21, 2006 12:00am

Article from: The Sunday Times

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THE US has banned Vegemite, even to the point of searching Australians for jars of the spread when they enter the country.

The bizarre crackdown was prompted because Vegemite has been deemed illegal under US food laws.

The great Aussie icon - faithfully carried around the world by travellers from downunder - contains folate, which under a technicality, America allows to be added only to breads and cereals.

Australian expatriates in the US said enforcement of the ban had been gradually stepped up and was now ruining lifelong traditions of Vegemite on toast for breakfast.

Kraft spokeswoman Joanna Scott said: "The (US) Food and Drug Administration doesn't allow the import of Vegemite simply because the recipe does have the addition of folic acid.''

The US was "a minor market'' for Vegemite, she said.


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Happy ... Americans will never know the pleasure of Vegemite on a fresh piece of bread because the savoury spread has been banned in the US. / News Limited picture

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Who are the crackpots that actually made the decision?

Posted by: William of Canberra, ACT 8:53am today

So how about Promite and Marmite? Are they safe?

Posted by: Grant of Darwin, Northern Territory 8:35am today

How's that free trade agreement working now?

Posted by: Alex Brown 8:34am today

Does that mean - theorically - that you can take a Vegemite sandwich into the US?

Posted by: Noz of Adelaide 8:32am today
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