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Oct 23, 2006 04:46 PM

THIS is why I can't find Vegemite anymore?!

"The United States has slapped a ban on Vegemite... because Vegemite contains folate, which in the US can be added only to breads and cereals."

That's just wacky.

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  1. Thanks for the info! Last time I went to Cost Plus it was gone, I was forced to buy the expensive Marmite! This is just crazy!

    1. You're right Chris, wacky is the only word for it. Folate is...vitamin B-9, clearly a harmful substance! So harmful that it's been federally mandated to be added to be added to breads and cereals, as the article you linked points out. And why? to prevent neural tube defects in developing fetuses early in pregnancies. So...lord forbid anyone, pregnant or not, consume folate? Vegemite has been available in the US for decades. Whomever is responsible for this is beyond wacky.

      1. WTH? That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

        Tastewise, how does Marmite compare?

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        1. re: JaneRI

          Marmite is close, some feel it's even better. But it's $5.40 a jar vs. $2.30 for a Vegemite jar. I want my Vegemite sandwich now!

          1. re: Pablo

            Does anyone know where to buy Marmite in San Francisco? My friend gave me a jar but he orders his supply online. I was introduced to it recently. I've tried Vegemite before but I like Marmite a little bit better. It has a slightly milder taste. If you've never had either before, don't try a spoonful like peanut butter. Make buttered toast and spread a little bit on.

            1. re: tatertot

              Probably best to ask that quesstion on the San Francisco board- the hounds there will surely know the answer!

              1. re: tatertot

                Marmite can be found pretty regularly at Cost Plus...


                1. re: tatertot

                  I saw Marmite at Faletti's between Oak and Fell near Divisadero

            2. Check out the new Gourmet blog ( ) for a bit more insight to this issue. Apparently the F.D.A. has nothing to do with it. They also say there are no import alerts that mention vegemite and apparently the whole thing is a tiny mistake on the part of Kraft / General Foods.

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              1. re: blankplate

                Veeeeery interesting! Here's what she says:

                "it was Kraft/General Foods that discontinued the importation because it misread the Code of Federal Regulations 172.345 (the rule on folate/folic acid)."

                she's digging for more info...

              2. Hey Australia banned it from school tuckshops because it contains ... SALT!

                I prefer Promite ...

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                1. re: Kym

                  ^ um sorry that's an outright lie.

                  Australia has NOT banned it from school tuckshops because it contains ... SALT!