Shawarmas are loved by all, the Middle-Eastern delight is a favorite and available at every corner in the region. However, for those who have traveled to European countries, you may have found the friendly ‘Halaal’ Shawarma guys everywhere. The combination of pickled veggies, pita, and meat is a complete hit and people can’t get enough of it!


Sad news for shawarma fans as the European Parliament is deciding to ban the phosphates necessary to keep the seasoned kebab meat moist and flavorful.


The shawarma that is more popularly known as ‘doner kebabs’ in Europe is under threat and could be banned across the continent.

The EU lawmakers are citing health concerns based on studies that linked phosphates to cardiovascular disease. The change in the EU rules has infuriated takeaways and fast-food enthusiasts.

Fueling the brouhaha is that sausages containing phosphates are allowed to be sold in EU countries while shawarma meat is under trouble. Some vendors have called it a discrimination to deliberately target the doner-kebab businesses.

Renate Sommer, a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party in the European Parliament, took to Facebook to share his views on the issue.

“a ban of the phosphate addition would be the end of shawarma production and would lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.”

The fate of the doner lies in the full EU parliament that is set to vote on the issue after two weeks in Strasbourg.

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