Black, bitter and dangerous   22/10/2006

Former Geelong journalist Daniel Fogarty has been searched at the US-Canada border for a prohibited substance.
What did the Feds suspect decadent Dan was smuggling? Crack cocaine? Dirty plutonium? Midget porn?
Nah, in a disturbing development that could set US-Australian relations back decades, the US has whacked a ban on, yabetterbelieveit, Vegemite.
Dan told the Sunday Herald Sun: “The border guard searched our car and asked us if we were carrying any Vegemite.”
“I was flabbergasted.
“The official said Vegemite wasn’t permitted in the US.”

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14 Comments for 'Black, bitter and dangerous'

    22/10/2006 | 3:56 pm

    Something to do with the Food and Drug Administration only allowing certain ingredients to be used in bread. Totally freaking absurd.

    David Edwards
    22/10/2006 | 5:35 pm

    Well if your journalist ever wishes to visit the UK, he will be gratified to know that not only is Vegemite not banned, it is on sale in many of our supermarkets, proudly bearing the legend “Produce of Australia”.

    Americans don’t know what they’re missing … they’ll be banning Tim Tams next, at which point we will know that they have completely lost all traces of sanity. :)

    Oh, I’m a Pom by the way. Got a brother in Queensland though. You can thank him for making me a fan of Tim Tams. :)

    Oh, anyone looking for a taste of Austrlia, try these two websites:

    Oh, apparently there are some Americans complaining about the lack of Vegemite too. All is not lost … get enough of them together and things might change … :)

    Felix Kasza
    23/10/2006 | 2:05 am


    Vegemite is sold in supermarkets here. Admittedly, the FDA has reason for concern — the stuff reminds me of toxic sludge — but so far Vegemite and Marmite are foods and freely sold. If the vendor can find a buyer, that is.


    23/10/2006 | 7:09 am

    I can confirm that you can indeed purchase vegimite in the US.

    A good friend of mine is an aussie ex-pat and while it’s not easy, you can find it, but not in the peanut butter sized jars you all are used to, just little french mustard sized jars.

    She was ill, and complaining that she’d run out of vegimite, so I drove around to about four or five specialty food stores, and found it at one. I cleaned them out of six 4 oz. jars.

    You can also mail-order it.

    23/10/2006 | 9:03 am

    Must be a pretty effective ban; I don’t think I’ve ever seen any here in the Atlanta area. I may have heard of it, but thought it was a small kitchen appliance.

    23/10/2006 | 12:38 pm

    I hope we here in Texas don’t suffer a lack of Vegemite¬©. I think it’s great stuff. I use it to kill roaches.

    23/10/2006 | 3:45 pm

    A simple way to get Vegemite back on the USA’s menu… Cover it in batter and deep fry it! It seems to work for everything else they call food!

    23/10/2006 | 8:20 pm


    Bernie, you have got a mention in the Hun:,21985,20629184-661,00.html

    The protest petition reads:

    Dear President Bush,

    Australians have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Americans throughout a century of conflict. From our Diggers and your Doughboys enduring the mud and blood of the Western Front to the crusade against Hitler and Tojo, to Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, Australia has been a stalwart U.S. ally.

    Yet today that alliance is threatened, not by despots and terror, but by the high-handed actions of your Food and Drug Administration, which has banned the importation, purchase and consumption of our beloved breakfast spread, Vegemite.

    Mr. President, this is serious. Italians have pasta, Germans love a sausage, the Brits would be lost without their baked beans, and your fellow countrymen revere mom’s apple pie. Well, we Australians thrive on Vegemite, which is not only sensational on toast but promotes good health as well.

    Tear down this ban, Mr. President! Allow Australians living in your country full and unfettered access to Vegemite, the spread of champions. Don’t allow the food fascists of the FDA to jeopardise the respect and admiration that has long characterised relations between our two proud nations.
    Yours sincerely,

    Enough is enough. The ANZUS treaty is threatened, and this ban must be lifted.

    Randy Rooster
    23/10/2006 | 11:06 pm

    What kind of a prick would takea man’s vegemite?

    23/10/2006 | 11:08 pm

    Is Kraft a U.S. owned company, have we only ourselves to blame!

    24/10/2006 | 12:33 am

    As a U.S. resident and Vegemite addict – I am shocked. My 21-month old daughter will be devastated. And to think – I have contraband in my kitchen. The ultimate irony is the the U.S. is the food additive capital of the world – you name the chemical and the Americans add it to their food.
    P.S. I hate to break it to David Edwards (as per his comment) but there are no Tim Tams in America – hard to believe but true.

    24/10/2006 | 6:40 am

    Perhaps this will explain why Yanks don’t like Vegemite, they just don’t get it.

    25/10/2006 | 4:05 pm

    Charis, you can buy Tim Tams in America. I am currently living in San Diego on student exchange and I purchase my Tim Tams at ‘Cost plus world market’.

    24/4/2008 | 11:45 am

    I buy my Vegemite at and have no problems

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