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Denmark: Fines Impopsed for Illegal Additives in Fish

(May 10, 2010) It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) in 400 tons of the fish. While often added to enhance color and preserve food, sodium nitrite is banned as an additive in Denmark. According to Michael Rosenmark of the DVFA, “[w]e found a number of fish companies that had purchased nitrate. Some of the companies said they used the substance to salt the roads, but in this case we could prove that the nitrites ended up in the fish.” (Fishing Companies Fined for Adding Nitrates, COPENHAGEN POST, May 7, 2010, available at

One of the companies involved, Vega Salmon, was reported to have added the banned substance to 285 tons of salmon and will be fined one million kroner (about US$171,000). Danish Agriculture Minister Henrik Høegh expressed his disappointment with the actions of the fishing companies, stating that their actions “are beginning to ruin the Danish fishing industry's reputation.” (Id.)