KE­BAB SHOPS STICK IT TO MEPS AS PHOS­PHATE BAN AT­TEMPT FALLS SHORT

Irish Independent - Farming - - FINANCE -

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.

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