Some 30,000 shops sell around a total of 900,000 kilograms of traditional döner kebab each day across Turkey, making a great contribution to the local economy, according to the head of a trading group.
"Döner makers are also the main players in the local meat market as they create strong demand," Muhammet Nezif Emek, the head of Döner Shop Owners' Association, told Anadolu Agency.
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Over 800 people, Greeks and non-Greeks alike, lined up at a restaurant near Victoria Square in central Athens to receive their complimentary chicken gyro sandwich. Lights twinkling in the trees outside, lively music and decorations welcomed customers to the grand opening of Al-Thekali, an Arab-Greek restaurant which offers cuisine that caters to Athens's diverse residents.
One Turkish man says he is determined to make it into the book of Guinness World Records by accomplishing his life-long dream of “making” the biggest döner kebab in the world, weighing three tons. Hakan Soysal, at 42-year-old father of three from the Central Anatolian province of Sivas, has already been accepted as a pre-nominee to the list, Doğan News Agency reported on Feb. 7.
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The European Parliament on Dec. 13 narrowly failed to block a proposal to allow the use of phosphates in doner kebab meat, an additive which critics say is linked to heart disease.
The European Commission proposal for phosphate additive in the doners was adopted, the EP press service announced.
On Tuesday, the draft report against the use of phosphate supplements in the meat for the doner meat was not adopted with the necessary absolute majority of 376 MEPs, although it received the approval of MEPs in the health commission.
The döner kebab, that grilled fast-food sandwich which is the gastronomic equivalent of an American hamburger in many European cities, is under fire.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel cut and ate the iconic Turkish döner kebab at an event in the capital Berlin on June 27, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Merkel was participating in a festival hosted by the Association of Medium-sized Enterprises, during which she visited a Turkish döner producer's stand.