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Why, in Austria, is a Wiener schnitzel protected by law, but a Weiner würst not protected?

The 9th of September is National Wienerschnitzel Day, and in Austria “and there's even an online Schnitzel Museum dedicated to promoting it.”


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“The Wiener schnitzel (literally: ‘Viennese schnitzel’) is as emblematic of the Austrian capital as Baroque palaces and classical composers. Any restaurant worth its breadcrumbs here features the pan-fried veal cutlet alongside sweet and vinegary Austrian potato salad, or even French fries. But schnitzel culture goes beyond the table: local Viennese groups have organised festivals to celebrate schnitzel, arguably Austria's most prominent national dish. The 9 September is designated National Wiener Schnitzel Day, and there's even an online Schnitzel Museum dedicated to promoting, as it proclaims, the ‘Austrian cultural property” and showing “how much Wiener schnitzel [has] shaped Austrian culture.’”

“Today, the term ‘Wiener schnitzel’ enjoys protected legal status in Austria and Germany. Under Austrian culinary code, the term may only refer to a slice of veal coated in egg, flour and breadcrumbs that’s then fried. Pork, a popular veal substitute, must be labelled as ‘Wiener schnitzel vom Schwein’ (‘from pork’), or just as ‘schnitzel’.” -- BBCtravel (06 August 2019)

A "Wiener würst", on the other hand, is simply a Viennese "sausage" traditionally made of pork and beef, and is not protected by the European Union's Protected designation of origin (PDO). In Vienna (Wein) a weiner is generally called a Frankfurter Würstl.

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