Marmite Banned in Denmark

Helen Whalen Cohen

5/24/2011 4:18:00 PM - Helen Whalen Cohen

The stuff may be disgusting, but that's no reason to make it illegal, right?

The strongly flavoured dark brown spread made from brewer's yeast has joined Rice Crispies, Shreddies, Horlicks and Ovaltine prohibited in Denmark under legislation forbidding the sale of food products with added vitamins as threat to public health.

Many well known breakfast cereal and drink brands have already been banned or taken off supermarket shelves after Danish legislation in 2004 restricted foods fortified with extra vitamins or minerals.

I'm not sure why Denmark is cracking down on foods with added vitamins, but there you have it. So far the Danish government hasn't provided an explanation that I can find. According to Dailymail.co.uk, a black market for it is already forming. Regulators over here have already banned food items in certain circumstances that are great sources of vitamins, but let's hope they don't go as far as the Danes.