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Carnival krapfen get the all clear

Viennese carnival "Krapfen" or doughnuts have been given the all clear by Austrian consumer protection. To ensure the upmost quality from the traditional foods, specimens were taken from 42 different producers around the city and tested. Only two doughnuts were rejectedáhaving not passed theáhygiene regulations.

Krapfen, the Austrian answer to doughnuts, are enjoyed throughout the year but particularly during Fasching or carnival. The fatty foods are traditionally enjoyed before such indulgences are given up for Lent.

The recipe for the doughnuts must be strictly adhered to in Austria and unless otherwise stated they must be filled with apricot jam. This jam must make up a minimum of 15 per cent of the doughnut. The regulations also stipulate that at least six egg yolks are used per kilogram of flour.

"Only perfect food should land on the plates of people in Vienna. Strict controls ensure high-quality food," explained Consumer Protection Councillor Sandra Frauenberger (SPÍ).

The tests on the popular carnival snack have been carried out by the Vienna Market Authority (Marktamt) who ensure companys' and producers' compliance with food regulations.

Vienna Times

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