It is one of those British culinary curiosities that keeps expats happy abroad. Or for Brits in Denmark at least, it used to be.
Marmite, a strong-tasting brown spread made from left-over yeast from the brewing industry, has been banned by Danish health regulators due to its added vitamins. Other food products including some Kelloggs breakfast cereals have previously been prohibited under health and safety rules brought in in 2004.
Authorities called Abigail’s, a shop in Copenhagen that sells British products, to demand they take it off their shelves. Shop owner Marianne Orum told expat site redherring.dk “Marmite was one of our best selling products. Not a day goes by without someone coming in and asking for it. It’s becoming impossible to run a business in this country. The government keeps making things illegal!”
Marmite is marketed as something you either love or hate and those who fall in the ‘love’ category have launched a campaign to bring the product back to Danish shops. Lyndsay Jensen, a Yorkshire born graphic designer working in Copenhagen told the expat website “They don’t like it because it’s foreign. But if they want to take my Marmite off me they’ll have to wrench it from my cold dead hands!”
Quoted in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, a spokesman for the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said “I cannot comment on the Marmite case because our expert is away until Thursday.”