If you want to know why a majority of voters in Britain and large numbers in many other European countries are disgusted with undemocratic micro-regulation by the European Union, take a look at this article from thelocal.de.

An EU Parliament committee is holding up approval of the use of phosphate in frozen döner kebab, a popular sandwich in Germany. This, even though phosphate was approved for use in pork chops and bratwurst. “There is a clear case of discrimination against döner,” thundered the tabloid Bild. “This could ring the death knell for the entire döner industry in the EU,” claimed the chairman of the Federal Association of Döner Producers, which claims that 110,000 jobs in Germany depend on the döner industry.

The health spokesman of the Christian Democratic party said that if someone consumed döner all year, they would ingest the amount of phosphate in 1.5 liters of Coke.

In case these arguments against this green-tinged pettifoggery don’t work, here’s another line of attack for those who want to save the döner as we know it: multiculturalism. The photo of the döner in the thelocal.com article looks delicious, and also suspiciously similar to the gyro sandwiches you find in Greek restaurants and food stands in the United States. (I've long had a suspicion that there's not much difference between Turkish and Greek cuisine, contrary to the heated assertions of those of both Turkish and Greek ancestry.)

In Germany, the döner was apparently introduced by immigrants from Turkey and then became widely appreciated by Germans of all ethnicities: one instance out of, unfortunately, not very many of successful assimilation of Muslim immigrants in Europe. Döner advocates might ask: Why do the green food police want to pick on multiculturalism?