Nanny state set to ban cinnamon rolls in Denmark

The silliness of arbitrary regulation for the sake of regulation is causing headlines in Europe where the Danish christmas tradition of cinnamon rolls is under threat.

The season’s festivities in Denmark have been overshadowed by the prospect that it could be the last Danish Christmas before a European Union ban on their beloved kanelsnegler or cinnamon rolls.

The proposed ban followed plans by Denmark’s food safety agency to implement EU regulations aimed at limiting the amount of coumarin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in the most commonly used type of cinnamon, cassia.

Under Danish interpretation of the EU legislation the amount of cinnamon in “everyday fine baked goods” will be limited to 15mg per kilo meaning a ban on Kanelsnegler pastries, a winter favourite in all Nordic countries, which take their name from their coiled snail shape. 

The move has provoked a furious reaction from Danish bakers because neighbouring Sweden has decided to save their spicy pastries, known askanenbullar in Swedish, by classing them as a traditional and seasonal dish with a permitted cinnamon level over three times higher, at 50mg per kilo.

“It’s the end of the cinnamon roll as we know it,” said Hardy Christensen, the head of the Danish Baker’s Association.

“Cinnamon rolls are of course a traditional Danish baked product. We’ve been making bread and cakes with cinnamon for 200 years.”

Following the row, dubbed “cinnamon-gate”, the Danish food authorities have given kanelsnegler a temporary reprieve until next February while insisting “consumers should not run a risk when they eat cinnamon rolls”.

In Norway, where the pasties are known as skillingsboller, the country’s food agency issued Christmas advice warning that “heavy users of cinnamon should limit their intake”.

I wonder how many deaths and illnesses have ben caused over the years from excessive intake of cinnamon…my bet is none…but that doesn’t stop the food nazis from stopping people enjoying themselves.


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  • LesleyNZ

    Cinnamon? No – NO – please tell me this a joke. And the socialists here want us to follow in the footsteps of these European countries? BAN the thought now.

    • Ban something? Shouldn’t you be on Frog Blog? :P

    • Salacious T Crumb

      Next it’ll be banning Christmas celebrations as it might upset the Muslim immigrants.

      • WABloke

        Give it time.

  • Pete

    Nice to see the EU focusing on things that really matter eh!
    Socialist pricks, how anyone could vote for the left is byond me.

    • Bunswalla

      Well they banned schoolkids doing cartwheels in Queensland, as it was a ‘medium-grade risk activity’. When the Premiere Anna Bligh was asked, deadpan, by a journalist, how many cartwheel-related injuries had there been in the state in the last say 50 years, she said “I’m not even going to dignify that with an answer”. He said “In other words, none?” Priceless.

  • middleagedwhiteguy

    There seems to be a class of people who delight in affecting the lives of others by passing laws to control them. The problem is, once they have achieved their goal in the present, they must look to new avenues to continue their work and get their satisfaction,

    This is why I am an avowed non smoker, but against the zealousness of the anti smoking nazis. Once they have stopped smoking, what self appointed cause will they take to next? We have seen the crackdown on smokes, and they are now turning their attention to fast food, beer, wine etc.

    What we are seeing here in Denmark is what will happen here if we do not open our eyes.

    • unitedtribes

      I didn’t smoke 20 cigs today

  • Other_Andy

    The EU is ruled by unelected ‘technocrats’, ‘plutocrats’ and unelected bureaucrats (apparatchiks European style).
    A true ‘oligarchy’ in which the proles get to vote for show every 5 years.
    The only organization even more bureaucratic, undemocratic and totally unaccountable is that money wasting parking lot for failed socialist and tin pot dictators called the UN.
    Both organisations are a ‘wet dream’ for wannabe totalitarians.
    The ultimate aim is to abolish the nation state.

    • blokeintakapuna

      Just as well they get to enjoy the company of Comrade Auntie…

  • blokeintakapuna

    Sounds like a half-baked idea to me… Yeast of all how will they rise to the challenge of enforcing it? Loaf-some red tape for sure…

    At least they haven’t faced the prospect of being told what types of light bulbs they’ll be able to buy, or how they can only have showers using no more than 6litres of water per minute…

  • CheesyEarWax

    Please ban cheese rolls, please please. Its bloody disgusting.

  • hunk4hire .

    Insanity is everywhere. Reminds me of New York Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign to ban high sugar soft drinks in the Big Apple last year.

    I saw a classic cartoon………. in the “New Yorker”, I think……of two chubby kids sitting on a bench in Central Park guzzling super-size sodas, when suddenly an unmanned drone appears in the sky over the park. One kid turns to the other and says………”quick, hide your drink…….the Feds are watching”.

    Too funny!

    The gubmint will provide you with a home, it will pay you a monthly benefit, it will educate your children and teach them how to think and now it will supervise and control the food which you consume.

    The state is like that and Orwell was right. It is voracious and knows no limits. Unchecked, it will attempt to permeate every part of your existence.

  • LionKing

    What’s the bet that mad Herald sponsored Wendyl Nissen uses this in a forthcoming article. How the Herald justifies having her as a contributor is beyond me. Typically wrong, scare mongering and inaccurate are consistent hall-marks of her writing.

    Then again she is a Green Taliban supporter, so no surprises there.

    • Other_Andy

      A total control freak who wrote that “One of the primary roles of a supportive wife is to dress her man.”

      • blokeintakapuna

        What utter bollocks…

        Everyone knows the primary role is:


        Any husband will be able to tell her that…

        • ropteron

          And bacon preparation can come under ‘food’ eh Bloke.

        • Don W

          I think it’s called multi tasking

        • Col

          leftrightwrong have a look at Why did they stop.

      • jonno1

        It’s true if the man is an engineer. The engineers’ dress code is: “Wear anything you like provided the naughty bits are more or less covered”. Unless you are married, in which case it’s: “Wear whatever your wife lays out on the end of the bed for you that morning”. Works for me. The only problem is looking for your favourite whatever only to discover it was thrown out five years ago.

        • Steve (North Shore)

          Were’s my socks, were’s my singlet, were’s my grundies Woman?

  • Perhaps the Danes were advised by the academic wowsers at Otago University? Sounds like them.

  • Pita

    In order to save ourselves from ourselves the EU technocrats, applying the precautionary principle, came very close to destroying the sheep meat industry (an unforeseen consequence of an imminent diktat ) because scrapie was similar to BSE.

  • Whanga_Cynic

    Pathetic PC crap from the World leader, Denmark.

  • Col

    Oh well they will fart more now that there intake is less, cinnamon helps you to stop farting, no fun anymore, sad sacks.

    • Adam Michaels

      Clever people, those Danes. They found an cheap way to meet their global warming protocols by reducing farting.

    • ex-JAFA

      And I’ll bet what farts they did do smelt of awesome!

      • Col

        You could say just a little spicy then!!!

  • Andrei

    You may scoff about this but let us not forget that you cannot even ask a checkout operator in a supermarket what brands of cigarettes they carry – it is illegal under a law passed by the NANNY STATE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT under John Key

    • Adam Michaels

      yep, National isn’t immune either.

  • cows4me

    Really no use blaming the politicians, the power will always be in the peoples hands. If the population meekly accepts this bullshit then they get what they deserve. And what’s wrong with the bakers, ball less wonders. So the authorities are going to lock all the bakers up if they don’t follow the rules and where are the politicians going to get their delights from when they carry that little trick out. Like most of the waste of time bullshit laws that are constantly been introduced here, they will simply be ignored.

    • Other_Andy

      “Really no use blaming the politicians, the power will always be in the peoples hands.”
      I wish….
      Check how much say the French, Dutch and Irish voters had in the European constitution and Lisbon Treaty.
      The voters were given the middle finger by the oligarchs and apparatchiks, aided wholeheartedly by the compliant state controlled media.

    • Don W

      Our freedom is not guaranteed. Adolf Hitler , back in the 30s, was democratically voted in with large majority. One of the first things he did was to outlaw every other political organisation, he then registered every firearm, and once he new who owned them confiscated them. With the population unharmed he was free to unleash his reign of terror unopposed. If you compare the Nazi manifesto and compare it to the greens manifesto, there is not a lot of difference.

  • Brendan

    Yes, yes. Soon the dreaded spice threat will be at an end. Only nutmeg, ginger and pepper remain for the deluded masses to flavor their over-caloried consumption. All hail the food police!

  • Cowgirl

    How many zillions of years have they been eating this stuff without a single cinnamon-related death?

    • Col

      Now that comment could have turned the vote. Wonder if they would shut you down and put you in prison for selling these buns.

  • Rodger T

    100% of people who have ever drawn breath /drunk water/eaten food have died or will die in the future.
    So yeah,lets ban life ,that will keep the fucking the health and safety `tards happy.

  • timemagazine

    Wait until labour&greens win the elections here, there is so much crap coming from the EU ( their buddies in ideology) that they will have an ocean of policies to copy.

  • Dan

    I am all for this draconian act of police statism. I had a cinnabon at Disneyland once and swear it has destroyed my taste for creamy delights forever.

    • ex-JAFA

      Doesn’t Disneyland have safety warnings such as “You must weigh 200kg to enjoy this muck labeled as food”?

      • Dan

        So sickeningly sweet it makes me puke just thinking about it and some of those jumbo yanks ate two at a time.

      • Cowgirl

        When I went there I had this bizarre thing that had fried mozzarella strips and slices of apple. And I think that was the healthy option.

    • Cowgirl

      Mmmm Cinnabon :) I agree, very sweet but ok in smallish doses.

  • jedmo

    Clever marketing plan by world-wide cinnamon cartel: get it banned reveal it’s hallucinogenic properties, sit back as sales explode

  • steve and monique

    Find a cure for cancer you dickheads, instead of fucking around with cinnamon. FFS, they have been eating these things forever, and how many have dropped dead of cinnamon poisoning. on Christmas day.

    Going by their logic Alcohol should be banned, as it is toxic, and cause’s more deaths then cinnamon.

    • cows4me

      Don’t worry it’s on their list, they just haven’t got up the nerves to mention it yet.

  • Patrick

    Not food Nazis WO but the Oligarchy that now rules Europe, they have devised rules to control every aspect of the lives of those in the European Union. Sooner Britain divorces itself the better. Looking at the current parlous financial state of many of the members of the European Union it could hardly be called a resounding success story either.

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