KEBAB SHOPS STICK IT TO MEPS AS PHOSPHATE BAN ATTEMPT FALLS SHORT
THE Commission is free to allow toxic chemicals to be added to kebab meat after MEPs failed to get enough support for a ban.
MEPs were three votes shy of the absolute majority required to ban phosphates, substances which are used to bond (mainly frozen) meat on vertical spits in some EU countries.
The move caused an outcry from kebab retailers and conservative politicians, who said the amount of phosphates ingested in the meat is negligible.
Socialists and Green MEPs say high phosphorus diets can impair bone health, especially in patients with kidney disease.
The EU’s food safety authority is due to publish a new health evaluation on the use of phosphates by the end of 2018.