Marmite and Irn-Bru “not banned” in Canada, says CFIA
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants the country to take a deep breath and have a calming sip of sugar-free Irn-Bru. The government agency released a statement over the weekend declaring that the Scottish beverage—along with Marmite, Ovaltine, Bovril and other British foodstuffs—are not banned in Canada, as was widely reported last week.
The CFIA’s reaction comes in the wake of a story about a Saskatoon shop owner who says the agency forced him to remove such products from his shelves. Apparently, this was an isolated incident, and the versions of these items that turned up in Saskatchewan were never meant to be in Canada in the first place. “Canadian versions” of the products continue to be available, as usual.
“Irn-Bru and Marmite are not banned for sale in Canada. Compliant formulations of these products have been available on Canadian store shelves for more than a decade and will continue to be sold,” the statement said. “The formulations of these particular products found in a recent shipment from the United Kingdom, were not intended for Canada and do not comply with Canada’s regulations.”
This recent turn of events should come as a relief to British food fanatics who had begun hoarding the products out of fear of scarcity. It should also go a long way towards calming ex-pat Brits who swiftly helped U.K. papers sensationalize the situation. “I couldn’t understand the insanity of stopping [Irn-Bru] coming into Canada,” one ex-Novocastrian told The Independent. “For a country that allows one to buys firearms, guns, bullets, stopping a soft drink suitable for all ages seems a little ludicrous.”
11 thoughts on “Marmite and Irn-Bru “not banned” in Canada, says CFIA”
As reported last week, and in your article, the British (original) version of these items is what was kept from being delivered to the shop owner.
He has been importing original versions for some time and that is what his customers want…..a reminder of home, not a new and improved Canadian version.
This is not the first time the Canadian food inspection Agency has not allowed owners legally importing goods from some countries as South Africa and Engeland ect. These people are a bunch of idiots, in fact all these goods have been with these immigrants growing up in their countires for centuries and never harmed anyone. Now Canada suddenly wants to decide what is good or bad for you. Ex: Bio Oil has been in South Africa since i had my brain 53yrs ago, so has the Voltaren rub and many other things, and it only came on the markets now in Canada, where is the so called 1st world country now when they are so behind times. Then on the other hands they scrutinize legitimate food that is good for you, nothing is as good for you like Marmite or Bovril if you suffer from dizzy spells or low bloodpressure, eat a piece of toast with that on it and you are good. BUT the Canadians will rather allow tons and tons of CRAP of which the labels can never even be translated into Canada from CHINA< why??????? is this not discrimination against the WHITES that live in Canada, I am an immigrant myself leave our food alone you stupid asshole politicians.
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But what of the the poor beleaguered Penguin biscuits? They are still not allowed into our fine country because they contain *gulp* too much calcium! Whaaaat!
Please save me from this idiocy!!!!!
What about the poor beleaguered Penguin biscuits? They’re still not allowed into our fine country by CFIA because they’ve been deemed to contain too much *gulp*….calcium! Whaaat!!!! Please save me from the idiocy!!!
I was literally so close to hoarding the stuff for milkshakes, then a friend pointed me to this article… sigh I wanted to hoard something
I think it’s less to do with health and more to do with protecting markets. The manufacturer of Marmite will no doubt have invested in producing a product for the Canadian market, if only printing compliant labelling. The big companies don’t want upstart independents taking their profits without having made the investment and CIFA are just protecting them. Remember the issues with Tesco and the like selling imported (from other European countries) jeans at knockdown prices when the UK versions were more expensive?
It’s not ‘Canadian’ versions. CFIA official statement doesn’t mention ‘Canadian versions’ http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/imports/united-kingdom/eng/1390688313779/1390688358216
You need to go back on your meds and spell check your posts. You do nothing to help your point, you sound like a crazy person.
Go fuck yourself oxincowtown suck yr mothers udder
Go fuck youself Oxincowtown
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