Horse DNA: Burger King Dumps Irish Supplier
Burger King has issued full page newspaper apologies after discovering horse DNA in beefburgers from its supplier in Ireland.
The fast food chain said sorry to customers as it confirmed it was cutting ties with Silvercrest, the food processing plant that supplied contaminated burgers to UK supermarkets.
Burger King said its own tests for equine DNA in its burgers had come back negative and that four samples from the Silvercrest plant that did test positive were from a product that did not make it into restaurants.
The Miami-based chain said the failure to deliver 100% British and Irish beef patties was a violation of contracts.
The UK newspaper ads include a statement from Diego Beamonte, Burger King Corporation's vice president for global quality, who said: "While the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has stated that this is not a food safety issue, we are deeply troubled by the findings of our investigation and apologise to our guests, who trust us to source only the highest quality 100% beef burgers.
"Our supplier has failed us and in turn we have failed you. We are committed to ensuring that this does not happen again."
The Irish authorities said that their investigations had traced filler product used in the burger processing facility to a supplier in Poland.
It contained a mixture of beef and horse off-cuts.
Experts from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) yesterday told the Commons Environment Committee that they could not be sure whether the contaminated burgers were being sold for more than a year.
Bosses at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), who identified and publicised the controversy, and Department of Agriculture chiefs have yet to be questioned at a similar level in Dublin.
At least 10 million burgers were put into storage following the scandal. Silvercrest's parent company ABP Food Group initially said they would be destroyed.
Silvercrest had a contract to supply Burger King in the UK, Ireland and Denmark. It is understood the deals with the fast food chain and Tesco were worth in the region of £39m.
The Ballybay processing factory, closed since the scandal broke two weeks ago, employed 112 people.
Burger King said it had carried out its own internal investigation including scientific tests, inspection of the Silvercrest facility and scrutiny of traceability records over the last fortnight.
It has been using approved suppliers from Germany and Italy as a precaution since.
Burger King's apology came after Aldi suspended its contract with beefburger supplier Dalepak, having found small traces of horsemeat DNA in its products.
The supermarket withdrew three beefburger lines earlier this month after traces of pig meat and horsemeat were discovered, and launched an investigation.
"Aldi UK's customers are our absolute priority," a spokesman said. "This is why we immediately withdrew these products until such a time that we could verify that there was no risk to our customers.
"We are deeply angry and feel let down by our supplier and we are pursuing more tests until we are certain that we understand how the production line was contaminated."
what do you think?
wtf is all this fuss about? the french have been eating horsemeat for centuries. Ive eaten horse meat and its very tasty. A cow is prettier than a horse so dont give me the rubbish about cuteness. At the moment we have a choice but I wonder how many of these 'I wont eat horse flesh' people would still say that if horse flesh was the only accessible meat? I rest my case.
Let's add a few witchety grubs in there as well.
I think it's more about getting what you ask or pay for. If you bought a sealed pack of beef, for example, to find it was actually squirrel, it wouldn't half spoil your plans for a Wellington! I giggled at your pretty cows!
The suppliers breached their contract and in doing so deceived Burger King, the retail outlets and the public. I'd be very unhappy too. If I was being conned for my £39million. The contract was to supply 100 % British beef - so fillers and traces of pork and horsemeat including some from Poland don't count.
Meats meat at the end of the day if food suddenly went scarce due to a break down in our ecosystem. Then cow or horse im not fussed. Ive already got a few ideas for the neighbours five cats just in case.....
The French have been eating frogs and snails but I wouldn't want them in a burger labeled Beef ! Maybe they should try labeling them as "Horse and other meat burgers"
Brian I would think there's a few grubs in them already. I found a maggot in a Scotch egg once, It was the only recognisable meat in it ! Lovely Grub
Doner kebab meat, Has it ever been part of an animal? Does anyone ever question what goes in it? Do we ever find out? Will we ever find out?
Marc. I agree with you that eating horsemeat is something which is done around the world without causing harm. But that is not the issue here. This stuff was sold as 100% British/Irish BEEF which it was not. Food packaging has a list of contents as long as you arm with every E ingredient right down to the last pinch of salt. It is a trust issue and we were lied to. If I buy a bag of sugar I don't want to find it contains salt.. There could also be allergy issues involved as well.
point taken m8
Quite right Dave, We need to know exactly what is in the food we eat. I have type 2 diabetes and of course horsemeat will not affect me in the slightest. It is essential however, that I know what my food contains since other "unknown" substances could be added if suppliers are allowed to get away with this sort of thing. This is a question of public trust............
Agree dave, it's not poisonous, it comes down to dishonesty, I'm not a meat lover, but if I was, I would prefer to know what I was eating!
Agreed. I said something similar a few days ago. I've never had a burger and don't eat flesh but a line has to be drawn because it's the principle of the thing, isn't it? Otherwise, human and penguin and all sorts could be finding their way into our food and I think then we WOULD be worried. If I buy beef, I expect it to be beef. I can't see my man being impressed if I served him rat lasagne if he was expecting a beef one!
And hello, Julie - hope you're doing well and feeling better xxx
Hi Julie. I wasn't expecting you back so soon. I hope everything went well and that you are feeling much better.
dave, I don't think we can trust any of these big companies,they deliberatly mislead us with ad's knowing full well its not true. They all should be taken to court and prosecuted.
Burger King claim their burgers are 100% British and Irish beef yet the horse DNA apparently came in "filler" product from Poland.
Was that filler or filly !
I don't understand how beef imported to Ireland or Britain and then processed into burgers or anything else for that matter can be classed as 100% British or Irish if the animal was not bred and slaughtered in Britain.
You`re not supposed to understand it. this is the multi-cutural, multi-national age
Calfs born in east anglia, raised in ulanbator,slaughtered in adalaide, processed and packaged in chinese taipai sold in london 100%british beef
Well, every Burger I`ve had from Burger King has been delicious. Dont know if it had a spot of horse in there or not, but with a spot of mayo and barbecue sauce, I wouldn`t even care. Large fries with that please.
You are a bad egg! Get me those little breaded melty cheese things and it's a date! x
You should try it with horse radish !
95% of people are fed up with jokes about horsemeat in burgers (according to a gallop poll)
Its just a bit of horse play !
Horse DNA aint all that bad. They found human DNA in mcflurrys at our local maccy dees!!!!
Full of protein?
Hmmm, apparently likewise in the mayo at a McDonald's near here. Could this be an urban myth? I really do hope so! Bleurrgh.
McD's employ humans?
I think lorgar the McD's employee is the missing link between austriolopithicus and the neanderthal. It was fecal matter in the milk shakes by us or at least in near-by birmingham back in the early 90s So i think it is an urban myth. Although they have found half a mouse, nematode worms and cysts in their products in the past which have been varified.
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There's so much money to be made in meat production/distribution and big corporate companies only care about profit. Best way to avoid contaminated meat is not to eat processed meat products. Make your own pasties, sausage rolls and burgers at home. . Not difficult to do
At Piccadilly station last week a sign at BK said only chicken products were being cooked Due to faulty EQUIPMENT lol I asked the manager was the equipment thats faulty!! The piece that starts the 3.30 at Aintree
Did they say The Piccafilly special burger was off tonight ?
I'm not surprised. Who knows what you are eating in fast food places. People eat there because they are cheap. chavvy and cheap
I don't eat meat, however I make my own burgers for family. 2Ib of minced beef. 1 small onion (finely chopped) 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (red chilli from jar) 1 teaspoon paprika, 2 teaspoons oregano, salt and freshly ground pepper...mix all together. Fry on each side using olive oil. Serve with freshly prepared salad in crusty rolls or sesame buns....GET COOKING ;)
How do you bind it all together?
Hello Lorgar.just mix everything together in a bowl using your hands. The trick is to use ordinary mince (not lean) the additional fat will keep it together....
I add a beaten egg myself,works wonders.
Horseburger king! All they need is a rebrand!
I think u would find these supermarkets and burger chains try to bully these suppliers into lower prices so these suppliers find alternatives that are cheaper I don't think its right what's happened but u are only hearing part of this story lets see if any supermarket orburger chain will admit they demanded lower prices no because they want to look good to the public
Paul. Sound comments my friend. Lets not think that the supermarkets are the wronged party in this because thye aint.As you rightly say the less they pay suppliers for products the bigger their profits
next time someone wants to feed their family steak and chips, they should ask tesco and the likes to stock their shelves with stakes of the horsemeat variety.
he Miami-based chain said the failure to deliver 100% British and Irish beef patties was a violation of contracts. Had a burger King burger or Tesco's ? Lets get suing when you buy a beef burger if it says BEEF you Should get BEEF !
In fact its a violation of trades description if the packaging says burger any meat can go I'n the product as soon as u say 100% beef no other meat may go in the product oh its a 5000 pound fine per item so these supermarkets should be fined its there responsibility to keep track of there products they sell prooves my point they care only for profit not the consumer or supplier
A few years back we all the fuss about cjd. Since then passporting of all animals entering the food chain has been tightened up. Horses are not bred in this country or farmed for meat. Most are leisure animals which have in their lifetime been injected with substances which should by law prevent them from entering the food chain. The passport system for horses is so corrupt that many of the horses slaughtered in this country and then sold abroad will have also been injected during their lifetime with god knows what. I personally don t want to eat horse meat..thats my personal choice and i am entitled to know when it is in any product.
Go in to each retail with a written WARNING and inform them you will return to conduct a FULL INSPECTION , to chech Lab facilities and records of DATES checks made , GET HEALTH & SAFETY of their CHAIRS as we the Public hear so much of the Banging on about Health & Safety WHEN ITS SUITS , the those in Breech fine them how much do Tescos & others make in the UK!!!!!!!!!! get back on it not 3 days a week but five (5). theres plenty looking for 5 day work right >