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article imageGerman sausages suffer as costs of Iranian sheep intestines rise

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 29, 2012 in Food
The traditional Nürnberger Bratwurst, the cholesterol laden delicacy much loved by Germans, is a victim of the Iranian nuclear crisis. The price of importing sheep intestinal lining, a key part of the sausage making process, has risen three fold.
Beer and sausages are as much an integral part of German culture as olives and tax evasion are to Greece. However, Germans could be about to feel the pinch and suffer a touch of the austerity they are demanding other European nations follow, as the price of their beloved Nürnberger Bratwurst is directly affected by the Iranian crisis.
The pork brat, seasoned with marjoram, is encased in a lining made from sheep intestinal lining, which The Local reveals is primarily imported from Iran. Sanctions against the Islamic Republic have caused the cost of sheep guts to soar almost three fold.
Claus Steiner, owner of the eponymous butchers chain, decried the rising price of Iranian sheep intestinal lining, saying he may have to consider importing sheep guts from Egypt instead. The other option he says he has "is pig lining, but the taste is just not comparable to sheep."
Germany has been slow to adapt to the demand for sanctions against Iran, not surprisingly as Press TV cites statistics from the German Federal Statistical Office that show "the total amount of trade between Germany and Iran reached 2.577 billion euros in the first eight months of 2011." German businesses have been attempting to circumvent the sanctions. The National Review reported a German reluctance to clamp down on businesses suspected of engaging in trade with Iran.
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