Have Vegemite, Marmite and other yeast extracts been banned in Denmark?

Background: I've heard this being claimed in the news, but there was a false report of it being banned in the United States back in 2006.

  • Why would they ban marmite? I dont understand – Nobody May 25 '11 at 15:47
  • @rmx: Was that sarcastic or serious? – Andrew Grimm May 25 '11 at 23:05

Denmark says the sale of Marmite or Vegemite haven't been banned.

It states that foods fortified with vitamins, minerals or other substances, such as the abovementioned foods, can't be marketed unless Denmark's food authorities approve the products. The products in question haven't had marketing approval requested.

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    Vegemite is fortified with folate, so it would have to be approved. I think Vegemite has been like that for a long time, though. – John Lyon May 25 '11 at 22:40
  • @jozzas: Thanks for the clarification. I've edited the answer to be less confusing. – Andrew Grimm May 25 '11 at 23:04
  • I'm almost certain I've seen Marmite for sale in the English store in Copenhagen. Next time I'm in the city, I'll take a peek. – Darwy May 26 '11 at 10:35
  • So, not banned, but you can't sell it? – matt_black Mar 12 '12 at 0:25

It hasn't been banned, it simply needs to apply for a license to be able to be sold. Rice Crispies and other such fortified cereals have also had their license revoked, and have been asked to re-submit an application to be licensed for sale, due to the added minerals and bits and bobs.

Apparently, Marmite has been sold for ages without the correct license

Should this also state that they mean Marmite in england, as Aussie Marmite is different, with sugar and caramel added (for god knows what reason).

Some links:

Marketing fortified food in Denmark

Telegraph confirmation of license application needed

  • Your answer doesn't have references. Someone might downvote you for that. – Andrew Grimm May 26 '11 at 13:18
  • Interesting - the Telegraph article claims that an application for vegemite being sold had been rejected. – Andrew Grimm May 27 '11 at 3:22

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