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EU rules could see kebabs banned

EU rules could see kebabs banned

EU concerned with the high content of fat and phosphates in popular snack doner kebab, such an unhealthy fast-food can lead to cardiovascular disease. The European law is considering the possibility to ban this snack.  

A change in European Union rules could see doner kebabs banned across the continent, infuriating takeaways and fast-food lovers. The modern legislature is moving to ban the phosphates, this substance used in the slabs of meat at the heart of the popular street snack that originated in Turkey. In fact, the original receipt is much healthier and more delicious, but the up-in-arms kebab vendors in Germany have skewered the idea.

The fast food kebab on the streets of Germany or UK has nothing similar to the kebab originated from Turkey. Recent years, the EU lawmakers are citing health concerns based on studies that directly linked phosphates to disease of the cardiovascular system. Due to adding too many additives, the meat snack lost its original taste but became dangerous to the organism.

Owners of street takeaway restaurants defend themselves, saying that the additives are needed to keep seasoned kebab meat juicy and flavorful, both during transport and on the vertical retail rotisseries where it is cooked. The disparity has some vendors alleging that ‘doner discrimination’ was cooked up deliberately to disadvantage Turkish-owned businesses. But if the business is raising the level of the heart diseases in the continent, it is time to take some steps regarding it.

European Parliament on kebab issue

Germany Conservative party’s member, Renate Sommer, expressed her point of view on Facebook, she stressed that ‘a ban of the phosphate addition would be the end of doner production and would lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.’

The kebab issue came up when the EU Commission proposed to officially authorize the use of phosphates in the lamb, mutton, beef or veal that goes onto a shop spit. Some other meats had previously received such clearance.

The proposal ran into trouble in the European Parliament earlier this week when its Health Committee voted 32-22 to oppose it. Based on more recent health studies, legislators expressed concern that carving out blanket approval for kebab meat could put Europeans at greater risk of heart disease.