EU gives doner kebabs a health grilling

Doner kebab outlet in Ankara, 10 Jul 12Image copyrightAFP
Image caption Phosphates are added to doner meat to stop it disintegrating on the spit

Another week, another EU food scare. Is the future of the humble and hugely popular doner kebab now in question?

Recent headlines are not comforting for fans of the spicy, grilled Turkish meat.

“Is the doner a goner?” and “For pitta’s sake” helped fuel an anxious debate, while Germany’s Bild daily screamed “It could be the end of the doner!”

It’s all because of a vote in the European Parliament next week. MEPs will debate whether to tighten controls over phosphate additives widely used in the meat following health warnings.

But it’s not all bad news for this fast food favourite.

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