Industrial Salt Sold As Food Salt For 13 Years In Iceland

It was uncovered over the weekend that industrial salt imported to Iceland has been in turn sold as edible salt within the country, even though it is unfit for human consumption, for the past 13 years.

RÚV reports that brewers Egill Skallagrímsson, who have been importing industrial salt from the Dutch company Akzo Nobel, have been selling it as table salt to food manufacturers in Iceland for the past 13 years, at the very least. This was done with the knowledge and consent of the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, even though it is a violation of Icelandic food law.

Industrial And Table Salt Similar, But Table Salt Should Have More Regulation

While industrial salt and table salt are similar in composition, there is a great deal more health regulation and inspection placed on salt that people eat, as opposed to salt that is strewn over the roads or used in chemical manufacturing.

A PRI interview, with anchor Marco Werman talking to Thora Arnorsdottir, a news editor at Icelandic National Broadcasting in Reykjavík, discussed how the industrial salt has been sold to at least 90 companies as food salt. Arnorsdottir explained that there are no health risks, but the fact that there could have been is important.

Apparently it took days for the company to say “We Apologize,” and the big scandal is the notion that Icelanders cannot trust their regulating authorities.

No More Industrial Salt Masquerading As Food

Over 90 food manufacturers in Iceland have bought and used the salt in making food over the past 13 years, but Egill Skallagrímsson reportedly refuses to disclose who they sold the salt to. They would only disclose that they have let these manufacturers know about the salt, and have stopped selling industrial salt as food.

The Consumers’ Association of Iceland told RÚV that the response showed disrespect for consumers. Egill Skallagrímsson has responded by saying they were unaware that industrial salt cannot be used as food.

A very strange story, indeed.


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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

They should never be trusted.

Patty B.
Patty B5 years ago

If anyone wants an incredible vacation...go to Iceland ! AWESOME people and Incredible country . They also garner my highest respect for giving the finger to the banksters.

John S.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks, thought salt was salt and differed in production process only, as some countries have additives added (iodine, iron, fluoride, etc). I normally use sea salt because I like to pickle things the old fashion way.

Sam M.
Sam E M6 years ago

We use sea salt too, like Carol.

Carol Cowbrough
Carol C6 years ago

I very rarely use salt but when I do, it's sea salt.

Melissah Chadwick
Past Member 6 years ago


LM Sunshine
James Merit6 years ago

thank you.

Vicki P.
Victoria P6 years ago


Duane B.
.6 years ago

Up until now I thought all the inappropriate relationships between companies and government were limited to the United States! Imagine my shock and surprise to discover a similar problem in Iceland! Maybe all human beings can be corrupted, not just Americans! ;-)