Saskatoon shop ordered to pull banned British products

British food fans in Saskatoon are stocking up on products that are now considered illegal.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency cracks down on U.K. products like Marmite and Irn-Bru

Jaffa Cakes, a cake-style biscuit, still allowed to sell, but they have been selling fast as people are worried they too may be pulled. (Peter Mills/CBC)

British food fans in Saskatoon are stocking up on products that are now considered illegal to sell.

Tony Badger, owner of Brit Foods. (Peter Mills/CBC)
Brit Foods, a specialty store in the city, said it's been forced to remove a number of popular products from its shelves.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is cracking down on products like Marmite and Irn-Bru, saying they have too many vitamins and minerals. It said a number of products from the United Kingdom contain ingredients not allowed in Canada. 

The agency is currently reviewing products to determine whether they should be sold in this country. Until then, stores like Brit Foods won't be able to sell the products. 

"I haven't heard of anyone dying from consuming Irn-Bru in Scotland or Britain," owner Tony Badger said. "So hopefully we will get a favourable decision."

Hard to find products

James McGregor was shopping in the store today. He hopes these changes don't mean Brit Foods loses business or is forced to close.

Marmite is made from yeast extract, used as a food spread and in a variety of other cooking. Also very popular with customers, not allowed to be sold in Canadal. (Peter Mills/CBC)
"Well I think it's really disappointing," he said. "There are products here that you can't get anywhere else. There's been no proof that they're harmful or any problems in regards to it. It's a local businessman trying to support a community that are looking for products you can't get."

The shop's shelves don't look too empty at the moment, Badger said, however it will be a different story in the weeks to come.

"If you don't have things to sell, there's no reason for opening the door."

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.