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Canada 'bans' Marmite over additive rules

Canada has reportedly banned the importing of British foods including Marmite and Irn Bru because of the additives they contain.

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Irn-Bru ban makes 'Canada-specific' version of drink

The makers of Scottish drink Irn- Bru, which contains a food colouring that is banned in Canada, produces a version of the drink that is permitted in the country, according to The Star Phoenix.

Irn-Bru contains Ponceau 4R, which is banned in Canada. Credit: PA

In a letter to the Canadian newspaper, a spokesman for A.G. Barr said the Canada-specific drink, which doesn't contain banned colouring Ponceau 4R, comes in a specially labelled bottle that the company has been exporting to the country for more than 15 years.

That was of little consolation to Newcastle native Nigel Westwick, who was unable to buy the Scottish favourite from a British food shop in Saskatoon, central Canada, after owner Tony Badger found a selection of the products he buys from the UK unexpectedly seized by customs.

"I couldn't understand the insanity of stopping it coming into Canada, to be honest," Westwick said. "For a country that allows one to buy firearms, guns, bullets, stopping a soft drink suitable for all ages seems a little ludicrous."

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