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Romanian sausage to be saved under new EU rules

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  • "Mici," the Romanian version of a Turkish dish, spicy grilled sausages, popular across the Balkans, are grilled in a restaurant in Bucharest, Romania. Officials in Brussels have agreed that spicy "mici", grilled meat bullet shaped delicacies which rely on a pinch of bicarbonate of soda for their distinctive succulent flavor and puffy texture will be permitted under European Union rules, the Romanian Meat Association says.

      "Mici," the Romanian version of a Turkish dish, spicy grilled sausages, popular across the Balkans, are grilled in a restaurant in Bucharest, Romania. Officials in Brussels have agreed that spicy "mici", grilled meat bullet shaped delicacies which rely on a pinch of bicarbonate of soda for their distinctive succulent flavor and puffy texture will be permitted under European Union rules, the Romanian Meat Association says.
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MOGOSOAIA, Romania -- Romania's national dish looks like it will be granted a reprieve under new European Union rules.

The Romanian Meat Association says officials in Brussels have agreed that bicarbonate of soda, which gives spicy "mici" bullet-shaped grilled meat delicacies their springy texture, will be permitted by the EU.

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Romanian food industry officials said Monday they have been lobbying Brussels since a ban last July on mici. Romanians eat half a million of the skinless sausages a day.

Kevin Hill, a chef in charge of restaurants that sell 6,000 mici a day, said the EU was concerned the additive was being used to disguise bad meat.

The EU's food safety committee will vote Feb. 20 on the additive, followed by a vote in the European Parliament.

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