Whilst not banning outright the consumption of whale meat and products in the Faroe Islands where the health risks to children have been clearly demonstrated, it seems the Danish Government are happy to ban Marmite and Farley's rusks. Or so it seemed a few days ago.
Further to an outcry from marmite lovers, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated, 'Neither Marmite nor Vegemite and similar products have been banned by
the Danish Food And Veterinary Administration. However, fortified foods
with added vitamins, minerals or other substances can not be marketed in
Denmark unless approved by Danish food authorities.'
Now I have to declare an interest as I was brought on both products and have been known to even mix the two. And anyone pretending to be squeamish about Farley's rusks should quietly try one again. They were nutritious and delicious.
Seriously though, as the Danish authorities seek to guarantee the safety of foods in Denmark this contrasts with their abject failure to address the pollution of their own citizens in the Faroe Islands - one must ask whether we are seeing some political hypocrisy in action here?
Denmark has taken some excellent steps in banning pollutants from entering the marine environment, so come on now, go the next step and help stop unnecessary whaling once and for all.
My thanks to discussions on Facebook for highlighting the Danish Ministry statement.