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, 2011 at 15:47
  • @rmx: Was that sarcastic or serious?
    – Golden Cuy
    May 25, 2011 at 23:05

2 Answers 2


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, 2011 at 22:40
  • @jozzas: Thanks for the clarification. I've edited the answer to be less confusing.
    – Golden Cuy
    May 25, 2011 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, 2011 at 10:35
  • So, not banned, but you can't sell it?
    – matt_black
    Mar 12, 2012 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.
    – Golden Cuy
    May 26, 2011 at 13:18
  • Interesting - the Telegraph article claims that an application for vegemite being sold had been rejected.
    – Golden Cuy
    May 27, 2011 at 3:22

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