Canada rejects Marmite and Irn Bru on health grounds
Ok, so we all know that Marmite polarizes opinion and Irn Bru tastes like rusty orange bubblegum, but surely they’re not a health risk?
Well, Canada has a different opinion. Apparently some of the lovely additives in our favourite British treats are illegal in Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is busy shutting down stores who stock British products for homesick ex-pats.
One of the issues they have with our products are synthetic colourings, some of which are banned in Canada. Irn Bru contains the excellent sounding Ponceau 4R, which give it its otherworldly ginger glow.
But they’re also not allowing any foodstuff that’s ‘enriched with vitamins and minerals.’ Marmite has extra vitamin B12 and Riboflavin (B2) so contravenes their regulations. Other ‘enriched’ foods include Penguin biscuits, Bovril, Ovaltine and Lucozade.
Irn-Bru have managed to get round the ban by creating a Canada-specific recipe that doesn’t include Ponceau 4R. But it’s sad news for the rest, and it means that British born Canadian citizens can’t get their Marmite fix – even though there’s nothing wrong with it at all.
Meanwhile, Canada gave the world Celine Dion, and if she isn’t a health risk, then nothing is.