Reports out of Denmark suggest that the Danish government will fight against the EU Commission's plans to harmonise rules on functional foods. This was the message from Mariann Fischer Boel, the Danish foods minister, in an address to the Folketing (parliament) Foods Committee on Wednesday, and reported in the Danish paper 'Politiken'.
Ms. Boel intends to use the Danish EU presidency from July 1 to carry through this view with support from all Danish opposition parties.
Danish consumers and food organisations are in agreement on a restrictive attitude to this kind of food additives and fear the functional foods approach might be used in advertisements to promote poor foods as being "healthy". This issue is further complicated by questions about the value and risk associated with excessive intake of vitamins and minerals, a current EU issue.