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
Slovenian press
Phone: +32 473 625 868


EPP Group Plenary Report: Future of Europe, Bulgaria’s EU Presidency, Russian disinformation, renewable energy
18.01.2018 - 13:15

EPP Group Plenary Report: Future of Europe, Bulgaria’s EU Presidency, Russian disinformation, renewable energy

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, MEPs debated the Bulgarian EU Presidency’s priorities with Bulgaria’s Prime Minister...
18.01.2018 - 11:27

Cross-border divorces: focus on the interest of the child

“Besides placement in a foster family or care institution, judges should have the possibility to entrust a child to other members of the family...
EU - Russia
17.01.2018 - 15:10

Preventing Russian interference with European elections

“The great battle of disinformation is already happening and is being fought on digital platforms. But it's a battle we're already late...
17.01.2018 - 13:28

It’s either an ambitious Europe or no Europe at all

Speaking in plenary today during the debates with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Manfred Weber, Chairman...

Highlights of the week

22.01.2018 - 26.01.2018
Exhaust pipe

Car emission controls: ensuring Dieselgate doesn't happen again

The Members of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will approve on Tuesday the agreement on the new rules of type-approval and...
European Parliament

Composition of the European Parliament after Brexit

The Parliament has the right of initiative for a European Council decision on the allocation of seats in the EP for the next legislative period. On...
German Federal Police Test New Biometric Border Control

Improving exchange of non-EU nationals' criminal records

The extension of the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) to third country nationals will be voted by the Committee on Civil...


31.01.2018 - 16:30

The Pan-European Personal Pension Product

To register for the event please contact
Believe in people campaign, Pilar Ayuso MEP