Florida Based Burger King Admits to Selling Burgers Possibly Tainted by Horse Meat

BKBy Dawn Cranfield

Florida Based Burger King Admits to Selling Burgers Possibly Tainted by Horse Meat

The Florida based fast-food chain, Burger King, is finally admitting they have been selling burgers in their UK stores with beef possibly contaminated with horse meat.  Burger King’s former supplier, Silvercrest Foods, has been found to supply other chains and grocery stores with “beef” containing up to 29% horse DNA.

“Burger King has admitted that it is possible some of its burgers sold in the U.K. and Ireland were, in fact, tainted with horsemeat.” (huffingtonpost.com)

While the fast food giant originally stated they were certain they never sold any of the burgers in their restaurants, they do not appear as certain now that so many others have severed their relationships with the supplier, Silvercrest.

Only after a series of tests revealed the meat contained traces of equine, did Burger King change their position and confess they were using the meat.  The European supplier, Silvercrest Foods facility where the beef was purchased showed “very small trace levels of equine DNA.” (ibtimes.com)

However, Tesco, a European based grocery chain (provided to by Silvercrest) has been shown to have 29% equine product, despite being advertised as regular cattle meat.  They have since terminated their relationship with Silvercrest Foods.

So far, the affected beef products have been found in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Denmark; officials have stated none of the products has affected US consumption.  Additionally, they contend there is no health risk to consumers who have eaten the tainted burgers.

“[W]e are deeply troubled by the findings of our investigation and apologize tohorses our guests, who trust us to source only the highest quality 100 percent beef burgers,” Burger King’s Vice President for Global Quality Diego Beamonte said in a statement obtained by CNN.  (dailymail.co.uk)

Burger King has since terminated their relationship with Silvercrest.

Still, how can the fast-food giant think the public would trust them now?  They were essentially involved in a cover-up, no matter how “trace” the amounts of equine meat involved.  Regardless of the fact that the offenses happened abroad, the company is still sullied; how a company behaves whether at home or in a foreign country reflects their ethics.

Their reaction is, of course, damage control.  The burger giant “has been forced ethicsto place advertisements in the national press in response to a growing backlash from customers, after it admitted some of its burgers were contaminated in the horsemeat scandal.” (guardian.co.uk)

However, if it is acceptable to eat horse meat in another country, then simply say so; but do not wait for an investigation to come out and determine you knew all along.










2 Responses to Florida Based Burger King Admits to Selling Burgers Possibly Tainted by Horse Meat

  1. Karin Hauenstein February 7, 2013 at 12:23 am

    What really needs to be considered in this issue is the serious risk to human health that is contained in commercially slaughtered horse meat. The levels of adrenaline and cortisol produced by equines are far, far greater than any legal levels found in any other meat harvested for human consumption. Horses are specifically bred for adrenaline production, not for human consumption.

    The fatally flawed head-shot kill method (severe head trauma) used in all commercial horse slaughter ensures that all of the adrenaline and cortisol that can possibly be produced by the animal is delivered throughout the flesh post shot. This is evidenced to any layman bythe pulsing of the animal. In commercial beef production they call this “dark cutting” and the meat is not (supposed to be) legally approved for human consumption. Adrenaline and cortisol consumption by humans causes Colorectal and other forms of cancer.

    It is not just the existence of prohibited medications and other man-made substances in the meat that is illegal—it is the abundance of naturally occurring hormones and steroids that make horse meat more carcinogenic than any other commercially slaughtered meat.

  2. andreglegg February 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    “Florida Based Burger King” lol…. can Florida get any bolder ?


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