June 20th, 2011
By: Ethan A. Huff
So-called food safety laws enacted in Denmark back in 2004 have restricted the sale of any food products that contain added vitamins and minerals, and all on the outlandish premise that such nutrients are a threat to public health. And just recently, the country banned Marmite, a popular food spread sourced from the UK, because it contains added B vitamins.
Perfectly aligned with Codex Alimentarius and the recent EU ban of many herbal remedies, the Danish restrictions allow only the sale of fortified foods and dietary supplements that have been pre-approved by the government. And gaining approval works much the same way as it does in the US with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and pharmaceutical drugs — pay a large sum of money to the regulatory body (mafia) in charge, and purchase approval for your product.
But apparently Marmite slipped through the regulatory cracks, as a single Danish shop that has been supplying the spread to mostly English customers for years was finally discovered by authorities. So the harmless product joins many breakfast cereals, beverages, and other consumer products with added vitamins that have already been banned in Denmark, as it will no longer be permitted for sale to Danish consumers — unless, of course, the Marmite company decides to jump through the regulatory hoops and purchase approval.
“All the English people here are shaking their heads in disbelief and say that it is insane,” said Marianne Orum, owner of the Danish shop that, up until recently, had been selling Marmite. “It’s becoming impossible to run a business in this country. We are not allowed to do anything anymore. It is the way Denmark is going.”
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to push the same highly-restrictive measures in the US. The recent passage of S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, represents a global effort to thwart national food sovereignty and bring all nations under the same type of regulatory system as that of Denmark. Unless Americans wake up and begin to do whatever it takes to stop this horrific power grab, we can all look forward to the government controlling everything we eat, including even basic food spreads.