Monday, October 23, 2006

Come And Get Me, Copper

Whoa. So this is illegal now?
Vegemite contains folic acid. Folate is good for you. To quote from The Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet:
Folate, a water-soluble vitamin, helps the body form red blood cells and aids in the formation of genetic material within every body cell.
But bizarre and useless U.S. food laws say that the only foods that may contain added folic acid are breads and cereals.
Therefore Vegemite is banned, as of now.
Um. Did you know strawberries and asparagus are good sources of folic acid? Liver? Sunflower seeds? Beans? Better not add any of those to your menu.
Pshaw. I find it ridiculous, and I'm going to go have a contraband sandwich. I figure I can get this jar to last me a little while longer; already, it's been in my pantry for — oh, gosh — years?
Then I'll probably have to switch over to Marmite, if that's still allowed.
Man. Sometimes I'm just embarrassed to be American.

UPDATE: Or maybe this whole kettle of concentrated autolyzed yeast extract is just one big misunderstanding. Thanks to a tip at Cooking With Amy, I clicked through to this story, which concluded that it is the Kraft corporation that has discontinued importing Vegemite because of a misreading of the FDA regulations. If that's true, the bottom line is still: No Vegemite.

11 comments:

Kevin said...

CC,
Ants are another source of folic acid.

cookiecrumb said...

Hey, Kevin: Well, I would have thought formic acid, surely, but folic?

Monkey Gland said...

It'll mean war if they ban Marmite. I'll walk down 5th Avenue in a bearskin with a union jack and the biggest pot of the yeasty good stuff I can find and reclaim the place for Queen Bessy!!!

Catherine said...

MG - now that, I gotta see!

Stacie said...

that sounds like reason enough to ban the substance to me! our govt is just looking out for... what? help me out here...
ps- got the seeds today, thanks! I think the govt was trying to ban that letter too... you should see the state of the envelope... all rumpled! the smell was devine!

cookiecrumb said...

I'm with you, Catherine!

Stacie: Good. The envelope was probably mangled by a fennel-seed sniffing dog. I hope you find a good use for them.

Dagny said...

So I guess we won't have anymore imported fruits and vegetables as well, huh? Well, local farmers should be rejoicing.

cookiecrumb said...

Dagny: Not sure about that. I think it's a federal regulation to allow bread and cereal producers some kind of designation; it's just "added" folate they're policing. Fruits and vegetables should be fine. Oh, especially if they're GMO or irradiated.
(Gah. Where can I escape to? I can't handle the weather in Canada.)

amanda said...

ha. this one i hadn't heard about. jeez, what will our country think to ban next? at least i have "I'm Mad and I Eat" to keep me up to date on outrageous US Food Policies. sigh.

KathyF said...

Oh, man, I just blogged about this, before I saw your post. Interesting.

Greg said...

So that's what a vegimite sanwich is.. go figure.