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not2shonky from Portland, OR on October 24, 2006: VEGEMITE Jar Reviews
Vegemite in crisis!!!Lindsay Semple from Vancouver on September 05, 2006:
NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Reuters Life!) - Reports that U.S. customs agents are searching people from Australia and New Zealand for Vegemite, a popular yeast extract spread, has created consternation among antipodean expatriates living in America.
The Australian Embassy in Washington said on Monday it was looking into Australian media reports that customs officials were checking people for the salty brown spread.
Food and Drug Administration has long prohibited imports of Vegemite because it contains folate, a B vitamin approved as an additive for just a few foods, including breakfast cereals.
But until recently there was no difficulty bringing in a few jars for personal use. Nearly 100,000 Australians and New Zealanders live in the United States.
Like a similar British favorite called Marmite, it is usually spread on toast with butter or cheese.
"Vegemite made me the man I am today," said Brad Blanks, a reporter with a New York breakfast radio show. "In Australia the slogan is that Vegemite puts a rose in every cheek; but today America has slapped the cheek of every Australian."
Weekend reports from Australian and New Zealand media said some people had been searched or asked by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents if they were carrying Vegemite.
Agency officials were not immediately available for comment.
"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," an Australian embassy spokeswoman told Reuters.
Vegemite is made in Australia by U.S.-based Kraft Foods Inc.
Hey - it's a full-blown crisis - Australian living in Vancouver - 5 Canadian children who can't do without vegemite and we're out - came through Sydney on Sat Sept 2 - they confiscated my 2 big beautiful jars due to the latest round of restrictions on board. Will try west 4th on Vancouver - otherwise will have to have a case sent from AustraliaPaul from St. Louis, Missouri on July 10, 2006:
I'm an American who loves Vegemite too! I went to Australia for six months after I graduated from high school, and had never really heard of it. While there, I heard some Aussie friends of mine arguing about Vegemite, Marmite, and Promite. I tasted all three right there (the correct way, that is - with butter and toast) and fell in love with Vegemite. We can buy it at World Market here in St. Louis, MO. I just had two pieces of toast with it and I want more!!Simply V mite from Puerto Rico on July 09, 2006:
As an aussie who has been abroad for a long time, and only gets a trip home every now and gain. the good ol 500 gram jar desnt't last long, I have found it in the middle east I have found it in asia, but I NEED MY V MITE. But just can't find until NOW!!! Can't wait, but another aussie tradition, is the good ol BB barocas that give you that BB bounce, great for a hangover and great to BB Bounce all day!!Janice from PA on July 03, 2006:
I too am very grateful to be able to get vegemite from Simply Australian :)I am forever giving bits of my vegemite sandwich to people here (PA) to try, and actually found a family that loves it and will be ordering their own!
vegemite is a staple of my diet!!!!!
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