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US bans Vegemite

Post by Roofus » Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:55 pm

THE United States has slapped a ban on Vegemite, outraging Australian expatriates there.
The bizarre crackdown was prompted because Vegemite contains folate, which in the US can be added only to breads and cereals.

Expatriates say that enforcement of the ban has been stepped up recently and is ruining lifelong traditions of having Vegemite on toast for breakfast.

Former Geelong man Daniel Fogarty, who now lives in Calgary, Canada, said he was stunned when searched while crossing the US border recently.

"The border guard asked us if we were carrying any Vegemite," Mr Fogarty said.

"I was flabbergasted." Paul Watkins, who owns a store called About Australia in San Antonio, Texas, said he had been forced to stop importing Vegemite six months ago.

"We have completely stopped bringing it in," he said.

"(US authorities) have made a stance and there is nothing that can be done about it."

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Post by melancholy » Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:31 pm

I tried to look up Vegemite, but I still am not sure what it is. I've never even heard of it before.
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Post by melancholy » Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:02 pm

Yeah, I looked it up, but that does not deter from the fact that I've never heard of it, nor totally understand what it is.
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Post by APE » Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:59 pm

It's a shitty shitty shitty food. Ban it along with Marmite. Kthnx.
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Post by Juan » Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:35 pm

Is it any worse than, you know, say, fried bacon & eggs for breakfast?
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Post by Roofus » Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:39 pm

Juan wrote:Is it any worse than, you know, say, fried bacon & eggs for breakfast?
Much, much worse. (Actually, I've never had vegemite.)

Just out of curiousity, what do they eat for breakfast in Uruguay?
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Post by |darc| » Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:47 pm

Roofus wrote:
Juan wrote:Is it any worse than, you know, say, fried bacon & eggs for breakfast?
Much, much worse. (Actually, I've never had vegemite.)

Just out of curiousity, what do they eat for breakfast in Uruguay?
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Post by Juan » Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:55 pm

Darcus Magnus wrote:
Roofus wrote:
Juan wrote:Is it any worse than, you know, say, fried bacon & eggs for breakfast?
Much, much worse. (Actually, I've never had vegemite.)

Just out of curiousity, what do they eat for breakfast in Uruguay?
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Anyway, some eat toasts, others sandwiches, biscuits... Mostly bread or baking goods.
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Post by greay » Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:59 pm

I read about this yesterday. My reaction today is the same it was then.
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Post by Lartrak » Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:14 pm

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
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Post by greay » Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:18 pm

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Post by Skynet » Wed Oct 25, 2006 3:13 am

It's an acquired taste. It's extremely salty. But it goes awesome on toast, or on toast/bread with cheese. Once you get used to it, it's an awesome spread.
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Post by greay » Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:07 am

It's also a very hard taste to describe. There really isn't anything like it (unless you count Marmite et al). I've heard it described as spreadable beer, which isn't too far off if only because it comes from a byproduct of the brewing process. But it doesn't actually taste anything like beer.

I prefer Vegemite to Marmite, if only because it's slightly milder and much easier to spread.
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Post by carbon14 » Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:30 am

But it doesn't actually taste anything like beer.
It's funny you should say that. When I was a student we made some home-brew stout, and that ended up tasting exactly like marmite.
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Post by Hobbes T Tiger » Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:45 am

It's yeast extract... hence the beer connection I imagine. It seems to be a peculiarly British and Aussie thing. It's a very strong taste and nobody ever likes or dislikes it, you love or hate it. I can't stomach it at all.

The ads in the UK center around the love/hate thing as a kind of post ironic hoo ha.
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Post by Skynet » Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:47 pm

For the record, Vegemite > Everything else that tries to be vegemite.
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Post by Gmc » Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:20 am

I like marmite, but vegemite tastes bloody horrible in comparison.
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Post by ian » Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:27 am

Skynet wrote:For the record, Vegemite > Everything else that tries to be vegemite.
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