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HelloAlison Carlson from Bremerton on October 26, 2006:
Can anybody tell me pls where to find vegemite in Montreal Canada?
Oh no! there goes my second new job!!I was going to become a vegemtie smuggler. Guess I'll still have to keep on the straight and narrow.Vegemite Institution of Oregon from Portland on October 25, 2006:
Vegemite Supplies Secured!not2shonky from Portland, OR on October 25, 2006:
US bought to its knees by Greatest Pacific Nation Australia. Unconfirmed reports filtering through from Canada that US has apologised and agreed not ban a 2nd Australian food product.
John Howard stated that Australian troops were ready to do whatever needed to be done but could now stand down.
It is believed that Canada played a pivotal role in brokering the end of the US imposed ban on Vegemite.
Expats can sleep a little easier tonight knowing that the supply of Vegemite is now flowing freely.
Vegemite in crisis - update.....not2shonky from Portland on October 24, 2006:
Breakthrough in bilatetral talks between US and the Greatest Pacific Nation Australia!!
October 25, 2006 - 6:29AM
Australians travelling to the US can breathe easy. So can the 100,000 or so Australian expatriates living in America.
The US government dismissed media reports it had banned Vegemite.
"There is no ban on Vegemite," US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesman Mike Herndon told AAP.
Media reports at the weekend claimed American border officials were confiscating Vegemite from Australians as they entered the US.
The FDA, charged with policing America's food supply, has not issued an "import alert" to border officials to halt the import of Vegemite.
Herndon said the FDA was surprised by the media reports.
The controversy centres on folate, an ingredient in Vegemite.
Under US regulations, folate can be added only to breads and cereals.
"One of the Vitamin B components (in Vegemite) is folate," Herndon explained.
"In and of itself, it's not a violation. If they're adding folate to it, boosting it up, technically it would be a violation.
"But the FDA has not targeted it and I don't think we intend to target Vegemite simply because of that."
Joanna Scott, spokesperson for Vegemite's maker, Kraft, reportedly has said, "The Food and Drug Administration doesn't allow the import of Vegemite simply because the recipe does have the addition of folic acid".
But Herndon said, "Nobody at the FDA has told them (Kraft) there is a ban".
To eradicate any grey areas or potential regulation breaches, Herndon said, Kraft could petition the FDA, something other food manufacturers have done.
While many Aussies living in the US rely on visiting Australian relatives and friends to bring them a jar or two of Vegemite from Australia, the product is available in some US supermarkets.
The price slapped on Vegemite, however, is tough to swallow.
A tiny, four ounce jar of Vegemite sells for around $US4.80 ($A6.33) in US supermarkets.
Vegemite In Crisis - Breaking news from Sydney Morning Herald
Authorities probe Vegemite ban reports
October 24, 2006 - 11:34AM
Mystified Australian authorities have launched an investigation into reports Vegemite has been banned from entering the United States.
Supermarkets in the US continue to stock Vegemite and have no plans to remove Australia's iconic breakfast spread from their shelves.
Adding to the confusion, a spokesperson from the Australian embassy in Washington DC said US officials had recently said they had no concerns about Vegemite.
Weekend media reports, however, described how US customs officers have been removing jars of Vegemite from travellers' bags as they entered America.
"We are aware of reports that US authorities have been seeking to stop people from bringing Vegemite into the country," a spokesperson from the Australian embassy in Washington DC told AAP.
"From our perspective there is no food safety issue with Vegemite and we had been advised recently by US authorities that Vegemite was not of concern to them.
"We are liaising with US authorities to determine whether the media reports are accurate."
The ban was reportedly due to Vegemite containing folate, which America's Food and Drug Administration only allows to be added to bread and cereals.
FDA officials did not return phone calls.
American supermarkets such as Bristol Farms and Whole Foods were selling Vegemite in their stores on Tuesday.
Nearly 100,000 Australians and New Zealanders live in the United States.
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