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European Union accuses Danish bakers using too much cinnamon

Denmark's “Kanelsnegel” cinnamon rolls and twists said to contain too much coumarin.
Denmark's “Kanelsnegel” cinnamon rolls and twists said to contain too much coumarin. stock photo

In a strange twist of fate, Denmark’s Veterinary and Food Administration has discovered that the country’s “kanelsnegel” cinnamon rolls and twists contain too much of the compound coumarin (found in cinnamon) in violation of the European Union’s health safety rules, which call for no more than “15 milligrams of coumarin per kilogram of ‘fine’ pastry.” Too much courmarin is said to cause damage to the liver.

"A grown man like me could eat like 10 'kanelsnegle' every day for several years and not even get near the limit of what's dangerous to my liver," protested Danish Bakers' Association spokesman Anders Grabow "I would probably get too much sugar in my body before that."

To make matters worse, no such demands have been made on bakers in neighboring Sweden, which is said to “get away with using three times as much coumarin when making their cinnamon rolls because the “food police” there consider the pastries as "traditional and seasonal bakery" sold mainly at Christmastime and other holidays.
Rather than create a “war” between the two member nations, the EU commission has vowed to meet with authorities from Denmark and Sweden to “find a common interpretation that complies with the EU legislation, adequately protects Danish and Swedish (and other European consumers) and does not disrupt the EU internal market," stated spokesman Frederic Vincent. “We aren’t about to ban any Scandinavian pastry.”

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