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"There is no ban on Vegemite," US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesman Mike Herndon told AAP.
The FDA, charged with policing America's food supply, has not issued an "import alert" to border officials to halt the import of Vegemite.
Originally posted by FredT
vegimite SHOULD be banned simply for its oh so nasty taste
Originally posted by nazgarn
Hang on - now it's said it's NOT banned?
What gives is it actually banned or not? I heard it was on ROVE Live here in Australia. Some comedy show but hey it made it there much like ur Davd Letterman I guess.
Is it banned or not?
Take care and peace,
Originally posted by thelibra
What's wrong with Folic Acid?
My wife's taking it daily, since it's supposed to help prevent birth defects.
Should she stop?
The variance in reports seems to stem from a confusion over the difference between importation for commercial use and importation for personal use. While Kraft has apparently stopped providing Vegemite to U.S. retailers while the issue over folate is resolved, the FDA says that travellers are still free to bring Vegemite into the U.S. for personal use:
Kraft will fight for the right to resume importing Vegemite to the US after the country reconsidered its restriction on the famous spread.
The US Food and Drug Administration said that travellers carrying Vegemite would not be stopped, in response to revelations in the Herald Sun that Australians had been searched for the sandwich spread at the US-Canadian border.
While travellers are in the clear to pack their traditional breakfast fare, Kraft has not yet been given a green light to export Vegemite to the US, Kraft spokeswoman Joanna Scott said.
However, the American-owned company is in talks to end the deadlock, which has resulted in many stores in the US being unable to source supplies.
According to Kraft, the crackdown on Vegemite was prompted because it contains folate, which the US allows to be added only to breads and cereals.