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Can you buy Vegemite in the US?!


Question: I have never seen it. I am told that it is banned because of added folates but I found this article stating it was not banned:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration later stated that although it is technically illegal in the U.S. to add folate to food products other than bread or cereal, there were no plans to investigate whether Vegemite contains folate, to subject it to an import ban, or withdraw it from U.S. supermarket shelves. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection also tried to dispel the rumour, stating on its website that "there is no known prohibition on the importation of Vegemite" and "there is no official policy within CBP targeting Vegemite for interception".[2] The story of the "ban" later took on the status of urban legend.[3] While Vegemite has never been abundant in the U.S., it can still be purchased at some stores that stock imported foods.[4]



Answers: I have never seen it. I am told that it is banned because of added folates but I found this article stating it was not banned:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration later stated that although it is technically illegal in the U.S. to add folate to food products other than bread or cereal, there were no plans to investigate whether Vegemite contains folate, to subject it to an import ban, or withdraw it from U.S. supermarket shelves. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection also tried to dispel the rumour, stating on its website that "there is no known prohibition on the importation of Vegemite" and "there is no official policy within CBP targeting Vegemite for interception".[2] The story of the "ban" later took on the status of urban legend.[3] While Vegemite has never been abundant in the U.S., it can still be purchased at some stores that stock imported foods.[4]


I don't know why but apparently U.S. customs has banned the importation of Vegemite into the United States.

Yes, you can find it at some stores that carry imported foods. You can also buy it online.





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