TSA Alert: US Bans Vegemite.
Is it because this yeast extract tastes
bad? Do the Marmite^
people have some sinister influence? Has Australia offended
our government somehow? How is it that a product that has been around for 80 years
suddenly becomes forbidden? Who would ban a product that can help prevent neural tube defects
(e.g., spina bifida)? Blame
the FDA, whose has ruled that folate (folic acid
) "should be kept under 1 mg per day ... because higher intake may complicate the diagnosis of pernicious anemia
, one form of vitamin B12 deficiency, which especially affects older people." Of course pernicious anemia is rare (less than 10-20 cases/100,000 people per year in the US), as is the Vegemite market. But when has logic ever dictated policy. The international fallout has
"I am never going to America", vows Xochiquetal, while a commenter at Geelong blogger Bernie Slattery’s site foresees US regulators going even further down the road to absurdity, "Americans don’t know what they’re missing … they’ll be banning Tim Tams next."
If the government wanted to ban something Australian, the least they could have done is started here
posted by scblackman
on Oct 23, 2006 -