Do you enjoy a drop of the black stuff, Marmite that is not Guinness?
Marmite is a love it or loathe spread touted as being good for you. You only need to use a small amount at a time which is one reason it is quite costly for a relatively small jar.
These days however it is not universally accepted that Marmite is good for you and a year ago Canada followed Denmark in banning marmite.
There are many items on sale in this world that can potentially cause harm but in Canada, a country that allows the sale of weapons and ammunition, you can no longer buy Marmite, Ovaltine or Irn Bru, as consuming any of those products may allegedly cause you harm. In the UK we are well used to crackpot rules and regulations regarding food as the country is a member of the EU. This has led to the banning of a range of products which did nothing to stop the sale of horse meat sold as beef, and worse. Marmite, or as it is known is some countries, veggie-mite has a range of potential benefits. But as a 'fortified' product it breaches health rules in some countries.
It is a love or loathe spread that even as a picky child I loved unlike my husband who to this days hates the stuff. So, what is marmite, you may be asking?
It is a spread which is rich in B vitamins and is suitable for vegetarians. It has a strong flavour, is almost black, tastes meaty in a way and as I said a little goes a very long way. When you look at a small jar of marmite you may think it is expensive but it is not. A jar lasts a very long time even if you are using the product daily. It is tasty on toast or bread but can also be added to stews and gravies. The Canadian furor began in early January 2014 when Government inspectors visited Brit Foods in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which is run by Tony Badger. The shop specialises in British foods including chocolate penguin bars, ovaltine and bovril, as well as the offending marmite. As the goods were not on the inspectors approved list of foods Badger was told to cease selling them.
According to the Telegraph Badger has stocked the products since 1997 without a problem. Now he fears his business is doomed telling local news channel CKOM: “We've been bringing Irn-Bru in since the very beginning. He added: “My understanding was we were importing it legally. We've been declaring it through a customs broker and we've never had an issue until now.”"
The Canadian Government food agency has made a recent commitment to stopping the sale of foods not on their approved list.
The country of course still sells tobacco, alcohol and weapons.
Whilst it is true some foods contain high levels of additives with no health benefits marmite is touted in the UK as good for growing-up-kids due to its vitamins.
We wondered if it is truly about health or more about the items being British products? Is Canada more of a nanny-state than the UK? Will drug smugglers turn their hand to marmite and Irn Bru smuggling instead of drugs?