But Vegemite Is a Weapon of Mass Destruction

It appears that Australia’s Foreign Minister Paul Rudd was rather put off when homeland security wanted to prevent him from taking the brown food like substance on a commercial flight:

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd had to talk himself out of trouble after airport officials flagged up a suspicious liquid in his cabin baggage – a jar of Vegemite.

Mr Rudd was heading to New York from Mexico City when he attracted the authorities’ attention.

He explained that the dark brown paste was his breakfast and, with help from local diplomats, was allowed through.

Vegemite, a savoury paste made from yeast extract, is popular in Australia.

It is similar to Marmite, which is widely eaten in the UK, but is hard to buy in many countries.

“Only problem travelling to NY is that they tried to confiscate our Vegemite at the airport. Needed Foreign Ministerial intervention,” Mr Rudd tweeted.

“Airport staff were surprised when I said it is good for you and I ate it for breakfast. They then waved me through,” he said.

One bit of meta here, if you object to my using the the tag “Food” on this post, I understand completely.

It was a tough call for me.

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