Danes prepare to fight EU over functional foods

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Denmark's food minister Mariann Fischer Boel has said that the
Copenhagen government will fight hard against EU proposals to
harmonise the regulations on functional foods.

Denmark's food minister Mariann Fischer Boel has said that the Copenhagen government will fight hard against EU proposals to harmonise the regulations on functional foods.

A report in the Danish paper Politiken​ said that Boel planned to profit from the fact that Denmark will take over the EU presidency in July to fight the proposal.

While many countries embrace the fortification of foodstuffs with vitamins and minerals - such as adding folic acid to flour, for example - the Danes have remained sceptical, even though there is strong evidence to suggest that fortification has considerable health benefits.

Their opposition is based on the premise that allowing companies to fortify the food they make might allow them to advertise nutritionally poor foods as healthy. They are also concerned about the unknown effects of excessive vitamin or mineral intake.

Related topics: Regulation

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