Monday 11 December 2017

Ban on Belgian fries? Fat chance!

A worker prepares a mitraillette in Brussels (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)
A worker prepares a mitraillette in Brussels (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

The European Commission has reassured Belgians that their fries are safe.

A regional Belgian minister had alarmed the nation with warnings that the EU would force fries to be blanched before they hit the fat to remove a cancer-causing element as much as possible.

It would fundamentally change the family way of doing fries, which are raw, then dunked twice in fat of increasing heat.

"The commission has no intention whatsoever, I repeat, no intention whatsoever, to ban Belgian fries, or any other type of fries," EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.

The EU has burned itself before when trying to meddle too meticulously in the way its 500 million citizens eat.

AP

Press Association

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