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EU cinnamon rules threaten Danish pastries

Published On: Jan 10 2014 11:13:54 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 10 2014 11:14:46 AM CST
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Danish pastry makers aren't feeling terribly sweet toward the European Union after a Danish agency discovered the country's cinnamon rolls may violate EU spice regulations.

At issue are EU rules limiting coumarin, which can cause liver damage when eaten excessively, to 15 milligrams per kilo in everyday baked goods. Coumarin occurs naturally in the most common type of cinnamon, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has determined that coumarin levels in the country's popular cinnamon twists and rolls are too high, according to The Associated Press. The agency has asked bakers to reduce the amount of cinnamon in the baked treats.

That especially irks Danish bakers because their counterparts in neighboring Sweden are still allowed to make their cinnamon rolls without reducing cinnamon levels. Sweden got around the rule by classifying their pastries as a traditional or seasonal dish, which means they can have higher levels of coumarin, according to The Telegraph.

Danish authorities didn't follow suit because they don't consider cinnamon rolls to be "seasonal," according to the AP.

Traditional Danish cinnamon rolls will be allowed to stay on bakery shelves unaltered until at least next February, and the Danish food agency will meet with bakers next month to discuss pastry classification, according to The Telegraph and the AP.

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