Metroblogging Melbourne: Vegemite ban or cheap shot at the US?

Our colleague Neil at Metroblogging Melbourne has done a bit of footwork and discovered that Vegemite has not been banned in the US at all. The whole uproar started when somebody tried to come over the border from Canada and had his Vegemite confiscated. The FDA confirms that there is no such ban.

So if you were worried about your ability to get Vegemite here in our nation’s capital, fear not. Vegemite can still be imported as before.

Now, why you’d actually CHOOSE to eat something so revolting is still a mystery to me, but I join my Aussie friends in celebrating their right to do so.

Thanks for clearing it up, Neil!

8 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    Jeff Harrell’s description of Vegemite is the best I’ve read so far:

    “Into an ordinary kitchen blender on high, scoop one can of Kiwi brand shoe polish, brown. Add the contents of a well-used ash tray, one cup of iron filings, four medium-sized depleted uranium artillery shells and twelve to fifteen pounds of ordinary table salt, to taste…” Be sure to read the rest.

  2. smouie kablooie (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 12:49 pm

    no way – vegemite is awesome! it’s chock full of all kinds of stuff that’s good for you – check out the official website to see just how much benefit your body can derive from it.

  3. Doug (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    Leave it to the aussies to come up with a “food” that is a by-product of the brewing industry. I’ve never had the nerve to try it. I generally go for B vitamins instead.

  4. Marmite (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

    My family once gave Marmite (the UK equivalent of Vegemite) to neighbors as part of a thank-you package for looking after our dog while we were away. They returned it. ‘Nuff said. Guess it’s an acquired taste.

  5. Mik (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

    My mate, marmite!

  6. Tiff (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    Oh, I’m sure it must be very good for you, because there can’t be any other possible reason for eating something so revolting.

  7. Don (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    I forget who the comedian was who said that most Scottish food was based on a dare, but vegemite clearly shows that it’s not uniquely a Scot phenomenon.

  8. WFY (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    You are thinking of Mike Myers in So, I Married an Ax Muderer.

    In Scotland, I think Vegemite is called “peat.”

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