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I was thrown into a panic last week when I saw the headline “Canada orders Briton to stop selling Marmite and Irn-Bru.” Irn-Bru I can happily live without—in fact I’ve never tried it—but give up my Marmite? That’s a scary proposition.

The British yeast extract spread is one of those things you either love or loathe and I was firmly in the loathe camp until my husband introduced me to “special beans on toast with Marmite” about 15 years ago. Since then, I’ve become an addict and Marmite on toast is my daily snack when I get in from work. Plus it’s a great source of B12 and a great flavour enhancer for veggie dishes. So why would Canada want to ban it?


Apparently Marmite contains vitamins not permitted to be added to food spreads in Canada. This has me confused as I thought vitamins were generally a good thing. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now assessing the products for safety – hopefully dressed in full protective clothing. They wouldn’t want to take any chances there.

The CFIA does admit that there’s not actually any threat to public safety; it’s more of a “technical violation.” Nonetheless, this has me worried. Should I go and buy up all the remaining jars of Marmite left in Sudbury? Will people soon start trading in illegal Marmite? And worst of all, will I be forced to switch to Vegemite?

And just in case you think that I’m obsessed, take a look at this site to hear the Marmite rap and read about the man who loves it so much, he actually changed his name to Marmite…

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