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Marmite banned in Denmark

Marmite banned in Denmark Too many vitamins...

Marmite, the yeast extract spread, has been banned in Denmark.

The savoury spread is the latest product to be taken off the shelves in Danish shops since legislation was passed in 2004 which says that any food items containing added vitamins or minerals must be approved by Danish authorities before being put on sale.

The legislation was brought in to prevent pregnant women and children from overdosing on too many added vitamins and nutrients.

Vegemite - Marmite's Australian rival, Farley's Rusks, Horlicks and Ovaltine are also on the list of prescribed foods.

Marmite - rich in B-vitamins, riboflavin and niacin - can be something of an acquired taste; you either love it or you hate it, as the ad says.

Some in Denmark's expat community have expressed outrage at the ban.

However, the Danish Food and Veterinary Association denied a ban was in place: "Neither Marmite nor Vegemite and similar products have been banned by the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration," said a statement issued by the department.

"However, fortified foods with added vitamins, minerals or other substances can not be marketed in Denmark unless approved by Danish food authorities."

This article was published on Wed 25 May 2011

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