I sent this to the New York times I was so bloody mad...
"It is unbelievable that the US Gov., has banned anyone from bringing in Vegemite from Australia.They say it is because it is high in folate and as US breads etc contain folate thats a problem. Duh!
Vegemite is cheap for the millions who can not afford the expensive supplements so many of need to take as a result of tired soils and questionable food growing pratices.
The original recipe of Vegemite as a concentrated yeast extract has remained virtually unchanged for 80 years. During the depression and war years it was a staple and as the jingle goes it did "Put a rose in every cheek". Australian kids were and still are some of the world's healthiest... those who don't live on MacDonalds which is imported from the US.
A single serving of Vegemite (5g) on a slice of bread provides a large percentage of your daily vitamin B requirements.Thiamin, 50% RDI; Niacin, 25% RDI; Riboflavin, 25% RDI and Folate,50% RDI - Thiamine (B1) plays an essential part in converting carbohydrates to energy, as well as being important for growth and normal functioning of the nervous system and heart. Riboflavin (B2) is also important for the release of energy from foods, in particular protein metabolism. Riboflavin is essential for the development and repair of tissues, including the skin and eyes as well as being necessary for growth. Niacin (B3) is necessary for normal energy metabolism.Folate is essential for the formation of red blood cells and the production of enzymes and other body proteins. A deficiency in folate results in a type of anaemia, which can cause weakness, tiredness, diarrhoea and weight loss and growth may be affected in babies and young children. Folate also plays a vital role in the growth of a developing embryo. Research has revealed that the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect can be reduced up to 70% if women increase their intake of folate.
Vegemite is fat free and low in kilojoules, supplying only 38kj per teaspoon.Could it be that it is such a healthy product which has bought the ban on?
Australians are being searched and having their Vegemite confiscated in what has to be the most stupid law ever made by the US.
For a country infamous for its exports of dangerous garbage foods such as MacDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken to ban such a healthy product is curious.So much for friendship between the two nations.
If Vegemite is banned then so is anything from the US as far as I am concerned. But this is not a worry as you have the Chinese manufacturing just about everything you used to make except for your sugary, fatty "foods".
And yes at aged 52 I still lick the knife so as to not waste any Vegemite at all and "No Mum in Heaven I have not yet cut my tongue as you warned I might when I was about 5".