Something Rotten is Banned in Denmark

Something Rotten Is Banned in Denmark

Denmark has banned Marmite — not because it’s made from British brewery waste, but because it’s artificially fortified with vitamins to back up dubious health claims. Danish authorities have also banned Ovaltine,  Special K, and Rice Krispies for the same reason.

Denmark’s reasons don’t matter in the UK, where the yeasty brown gunk is an iconic product, a cherished symbol of the Empire. The British are responding with anger if not fury.


“Spread no more: Denmark bans Marmite,” Jason Heppenstall. The Guardian

History of Marmite,

“Burton-on-Trent Journal; Long Live Marmite! Only the British Could Love It,” Warren Hoge, New York Times

The Mish-Mash Dictionary of Marmite, Maggie Hall, Revel Barker

The Marmite Cookbook, Paul Hartley, Absolute Press

“Five reasons why marmite should be at the top of every eco-warrior’s shopping list,” Ruth Styles,

Note: The title of the post alludes to Shakespeare; Marmite is made from brewer’s yeast and is “rotten” like cheese is “rotten.”  We hope this clarification is sufficent to allow us to get off the plane at Heathrow.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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