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Nutritionist defends fortified breakfast cereals

A scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation has assured that the practice of fortifying breakfast cereals is safe and healthy.

Dr Anne Nugent's comments follow news that Denmark has banned food giant Kellogg's from adding extra vitamins and minerals to its cereals, a practice that has been common the UK and US since the 1930s.

The Danish government is concerned that elevated levels of vitamins and minerals could lead to overdose issues especially in young children and pregnant or breast feeding women.

But Dr Nugent told ITV's 'Lunchtime News that it was very difficult to overdose on vitamins and minerals in food.

She said: "I think it's more likely that you'd overdose by taking a supplement, if you like with a mega dose, so I think it is a little bit hasty… and unnecessary to ban them."

"[Cereals have] got lots of iron, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12, which recent surveys would indicate that we are not eating enough of so I would encourage people to continue to eat them."

Dr Nugent said the issue has arisen because legislation on fortification and labelling of foods is currently being harmonised across the European Union and member states are keen to promote their practices.

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