Press Release

Hands off the kebab!

, 13.12.2017 - 09:49
Loading Video...

EPP Group to do everything in its power to avoid European 'kebab ban'

Today, the European Parliament will decide on whether to give the green light or not to the European Commission's proposal to authorise the use of phosphates in frozen meat spits.

"The EPP Group will do everything in its power to stop the scaremongering and avoid a European kebab ban", said Renate Sommer MEP, the EPP Group's Spokeswoman for this file, adding: "There is no proof that phosphates have negative health effects."

Phosphates are used in frozen meat in order to keep the meat together, preserve its consistency and make it tender. Ironically, they have been allowed for decades in roasted meat spits. "Without the use of phosphates, meat in fast food restaurants would collapse into the form of an elephant foot", says Sommer.

One of the reasons why the EPP Group is against the Greens' and Socialists' objection is the research which shows that "the amount of intake via kebab is negligible", as Sommer puts it. The data shows that the average intake of phosphates from Coca Cola is much higher.

"The changes in the EU legislation concerning phosphates are meant to make it more difficult for the control authorities in Member States to impose such a ban without concrete argumentation, and are hence necessary", concluded Sommer.

Note to Editors
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 217 Members from 27 Member States

MEP Contacts

STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175383 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179383

Press Contacts

Marta Osojnik
Press Relations Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Pesticides, Slovenia
Phone: +32 473 625 868


EU future, terror financing, journalist murders, Facebook scandal
19.04.2018 - 12:45

EU future, terror financing, journalist murders, Facebook scandal

The European Parliament debated the French President’s future-minded EU reform ideas with the EPP Group calling for greater security for...
Money laundering
19.04.2018 - 11:07

Tough rules against terror money and tax evasion

New money laundering rules also apply to virtual currencies "Shady money transactions will become much more difficult. The financial system...
Jan Kuciak's commemoration
19.04.2018 - 09:46

What has the Slovak Government done to protect journalists

Today, the plenary of the European Parliament (EP) paid tribute to the memory and legacy of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fianc...
Exhaust pipe
18.04.2018 - 16:15

European Parliament stops Dieselgate from happening again

"The public rightly expects us to fix the Dieselgate loopholes." Ivan Štefanec MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Type Approval “I...

Highlights of the week

23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018
Construction workers working on cement formwork frames

Towards new rules on the posting of workers

Members of the Employment Committee will vote on the final agreement between the Commission, the Parliament and the Council on the revision of the...
Flowers and car

Action needed to combat mileage fraud in Europe

The Transport Committee will demand action from the European Commission on mileage fraud in Europe on Wednesday. In cross-border car sales, research...
Photo of ready meals containting meat

Dual quality products in the Single Market

As a consumer in the EU, you have the right to be treated equally with others. A high-level conference to discuss the discriminatory practice of dual...
Bill Liao