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.
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

Doner kebabs to be ‘outlawed across Europe’

A late night kebab after an evening out is one of life's simple pleasures, but for many people across Europe it might soon be a thing of the past.

Legislation put forward by the European Union calls to outlaw doner kebabs because of the phosphates they contain and their link to cardiovascular disease.

The food, which originated in Turkey, is made up of shaved kebab meat wrapped in a pita, often with lettuce, tomato, onions and a variety of sauces.

Kebab shop owners are hitting back at the controversial legislation, claiming that the phosphates are necessary to keep the meat moist and flavoursome.

There have been accusations of "doner discrimination" because some sausages that contain phosphates would still be allowed.

They are looking for ways to hurt Turkish businesses here," Baris Donmez, the owner of a 24-hour kebab bistro in Berlin's Mitte district, told Associated Press. "Such a ban would be the biggest pile of garbage imaginable."

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