Yesterday, I was killing some time with friends at World Market. We were browsing the international foods section when I felt compelled to seek out Vegemite. After a long search over countless aisles, I found Marmite, but no trace of the Aussie staple!
Apparently, while a US ban on Vegemite was only rumoured years ago, no one imports it here anymore.
Hello! It's made by Kraft Foods! How fair is that?
Supposedly, it's because it contains folates, which the FDA only allows in breads and cereals (and, ironically, my sister was told to take by a doctor because it's good for growing babies). Not to mention the other nutritional benefits of the brown goo...
I did my own digging with the FDA and found that it lacks nutritional information and "the common or usual name of each ingredient"... but US customs makes no mention of a ban on their site.
Not fair! I've wanted to try Vegemite for years! Perhaps someone in Oz will take pity on me and discreetly send a small jar. If it really is banned, I definitely want "illegal importation of Vegemite" on my criminal record, just for a laugh!