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Street food vendors up in arms over possible EU kebab ban

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Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 12:27 AM
A man slices cuts of meat from a rotisserie Doner spit inside a Doner restaurant cafe in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The European Union’s legislature seems to be moving toward a ban on the doner kebab as millions know and love it, for health reasons. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Slices of meat carved from a rotisserie Doner spit wait to be used inside a Doner restaurant in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The European Union’s legislature seems to be moving toward a ban on the doner kebab as millions know and love it, for health reasons. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
FILE - In this file photo dated Nov. 27, 2017, traditional seasoned Doner meat fills a flat bread together with the usual salad, mayonnaise and chilli, at a kebab restaurant in Hanover, Germany. The European Union’s legislature seems to be moving toward a ban on the doner kebab as millions know and love it, because of health reasons. (Peter Steffen/dpa file via AP)
A man slices cuts of meat from a rotisserie Doner spit inside a Doner restaurant in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The European Union’s legislature seems to be moving toward a ban on the doner kebab as millions know and love it, for health reasons. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BERLIN (AP) — The doner kebab, that grilled fast-food sandwich which is the gastronomic equivalent of an American hamburger in many European cities, is under fire.

The European Union's legislature is moving to ban the phosphates used in the processed meat that is the heart of the popular street snack. Up-in-arms kebab vendors skewer the idea.

EU lawmakers are citing health concerns based on studies that linked phosphates to cardiovascular disease. Owners of takeout restaurants and industry groups say the additives are needed to keep meat juicy.

Fueling the brouhaha is that some sausages with phosphates are allowed to be sold in the EU and would not be affected by the move involving kebab meat.

The disparity has some vendors alleging that "doner discrimination" was cooked up deliberately to hurt Turkish-owned businesses.

 

 

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