The doner kebab, one of the most popular and affordable fast food dishes in Europe, might soon be banned, German media reported.
The issue has been raised following the European Commission’s proposal to allow the use of phosphates in lamb, beef and veal sold in supermarkets.
The European Parliament’s Health Committee voted against the initiative, explaining its decision by research that revealed a connection between the consumption of food with phosphates and cardiovascular diseases.
If the absolute majority supports the decision of the committee during the next session of the European Parliament, which is set to be held from December 11 to December 14, the bill will be automatically returned to the European Commission for revision and thus will put doner kebab vendors under the threat of being outlawed.
As the Metro newspaper reported, local kebab sellers complain about “doner discrimination” and accuse the EU authorities of deliberately hampering the Turkish business.
At the same time, the Bild newspaper specified that the ban on phosphates will only affect those kebab vendors who use frozen meat.
Phosphates are reportedly added to the kebabs to make the meat juicier and more flavorsome.