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Friday, October 27, 2006

Vegemite

My pal Lola and I often e-mail each other links to absurd stories,
scandals, or just plain weird stuff we come across while searching
the endless world wide web. (alot of Anna Nicole Smith adventures
are included of course!) Anyway, the other day she sent me a link
from a news site from Australia of all places - www.news.com.au :

"THE US has banned Vegemite, even to the point of searching
Australians for jars of the spread when they enter the country.

The bizarre crackdown was prompted because Vegemite has been
deemed illegal under US food laws.

The great Aussie icon - faithfully carried around the world by travellers
from downunder - contains folate, which under a technicality, America
allows to be added only to breads and cereals.

Australian expatriates in the US said enforcement of the ban had been
gradually stepped up and was now ruining lifelong traditions of
Vegemite on toast for breakfast.

Kraft spokeswoman Joanna Scott said: "The (US) Food and Drug
Administration doesn't allow the import of Vegemite simply because
the recipe does have the addition of folic acid.''

The US was "a minor market'' for Vegemite, she said."

Ok, my take on all this is that someone from the USFDA had WAY
too much time on their hands and figured this would be a way to
get a step up on the career ladder - "hey, I banned the dangerous
Vegemite!" What's next, no more hummus from the middle east
(probably made by the sister of a terrorist!), or olive paste from
Sicily (made by the mother of a mafia don!)? Heck, let's ban
feta from Greece and herring from the Scandavian countries as
well, definately some dangerous ingredients in those too. Sheesh.
But I guess it is kind of sad that Lola and I feel the need to have
to go in search of such stories, as the ones dominating the
headlines are just too depressing or maddening these days. Thus
the scramble for the odd, amusing, head-scratching tale....the
odyssey for not your everyday news! HEY, after 3 months of doing
this blog, the title of it finally connects! better late than never?? ;)

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, this is "L" the better half of P&L (no, not "Profit & Loss). I spent a about half an hour on the WEB serching Sites to see what Vegemite was all about! Never heard of it before--was very curious. Bet lots of readers have no idea what Vegemite is.

Would like to try it. If I come to your establishment will you give us the low down? Does it give you an extra boost of energy--does it make improvements in your health? Where does one purchase it in our area?

By the way, I would like to be put on your mailing list of strange and wierd news that you find--can't believe that you aren't already sharing those news tidbits with the WIERD ONE!!! You know I gravitate toward the strange, wierd and unexplained!

"L"

11:45 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger freedominalaska said...

Damn, YOU beat me to it!

Oh, and tell your little friends P&L to read my blog....Or I'll do a hoodoo spell on them.

1:59 AM, October 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY FREEDOM,

You better be careful of putting spells on P&L. Did't you know that "L" possess mystic powers! Payback is worse than hell!!!

Better be careful or I'll put a spell on your next ART EXHIBIT!!!

I skipped over to your Blog for about 2 minutes and browsed but got to run--will get back to your Blog later today.

"L" has a Blog I just started it but it is all about COMPUTER TIPS AND TRICKS. "P&L" are big time into computers. "P" is developing his Blog!

P&L

11:13 AM, October 28, 2006  

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