'They'll be trying it here next.' Has been the mantra. Another example of EU intrusion.
Except it isn't.
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.
Nothing to do with the EU. There's plenty of stuff we can blame on them, but this isn't one of them. This is home grown authoritariansim (if you're Danish). It's kind of a shame, the outrage in the UK if the EU tried to pull this stunt would be irresistable. For that reason I wish it was on the EU agenda. No matter, the scales are falling from the eyes of more and more people every day.
Just as with Dick Puddlecote's smoking survey, the EU aren't afraid to massage the truth to their own ends. Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, so I will happily perpetuate the myth that the EU is trying to ban God's own sandwich spread.
But here's a telling comment from the article in question from 'Riwi' at ten to four this afternoon:
Lets get one thing clear - Marmite has not been banned in Denmark, the importer just "forgot" to apply for approval to sell it......
And there you have it.
I like the Danes, not as fun as the Norwegians, but a pleasant people. However one of Scandinavia's greatest problems is this sort of mindset. People in the majority over there really do see nothing wrong in having to ask the government's permission to sell a sandwich spread.
Can you imagine?
Sadly I find it all too easy.