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If you harbored any doubts about whether regulation runs riot in Europe, consider the fate of the Danish Roll under EU jurisdiction. At Christmas time in Europe, a staple from Brussels to Denmark is the beloved kanelsnegler, a delicious coiled cinnamon roll. This year, the EU has ordered the Danish roll to disappear.
EU regulation places a limit on the amount of cinnamon permitted in baked goods (15 mg per kilo). That limit is said to be necessary to block ingestion of a common form of cinnamon called cassia that contains coumarin which, at high dose levels, may affect liver function. Despite the fact that the Danish have consumed kanelsnegler for over 200 years with nary a complaint and plenty of joy, the Danish government is dutifully following the command of the EU by ordering its countrymen to rid the land of this delicacy.
So when are these barbarian laws coming Stateside?
-hordes all the cinnamon rolls and a few Cinnabon stores-
Danish Minister participated in negotiations
Politicians asked the European Commission to submit a proposal. It was presented in 2006, and the proposal was about the many different flavors - cinnamon is just one of them.
The proposed EU rules on flavoring substances should be discussed both by EU governments and the members of the European Parliament.
From the Danish side, it was the then Danish Minister Eva Kjer Hansen (V) participated in discussions in the EU Council of Ministers, and the bourgeois Danish government led by Anders Fogh Rasmussen supported that should be made EU rules governing the use of flavoring substances .
Nevertheless, Kinder eggs remain highly popular in America, and citizens regularly attempt to smuggle samples into the country despite a potential fine of up to $2,500 per egg.