According the CNN Money, Burger King announced Thursday that it has terminated its relationship with European supplier Silvercrest Foods after the discovery of “very small trace levels of equine DNA.” In other words, Burger King found out that one of the companies that provides it with its “100% Beef” burgers also had horse meat in its midst. Burger King stands by its claims that the tainted food never made it to restaurants or was sold to customers.
The Guardian has a statement from the burger chain:
“Our independent DNA test results on product taken from restaurants were negative for any equine DNA. However, four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA. Within the last 36 hours, we have established that Silvercrest used a small percentage of beef imported from a non-approved supplier in Poland. They promised to deliver 100% British and Irish beef patties and have not done so. This is a clear violation of our specifications, and we have terminated our relationship with them.”
Burger King spokeswoman Kristen Hauser said in an email that Burger King’s U.S. restaurants don’t use meat from Silvercrest. However, the issue of horse meat making its way into beef products via Silvercrest is a big one overseas.
“We have stringent and overlapping controls to ensure that the products we sell to our customers meet our strict quality standards,” she said.
Ireland’s Food and Safety Authority noted that the products in question don’t pose a safety risk and that from its own tests of Polish-imported Silvercrest meat used for burger production, about four percent contained traces of horse.
There are people around the world (and throughout history) who have enjoyed horsemeat. But ewwww. I’m not quite sure what horse tastes like, but with all the processed food most people eat now a days I don’t’ know if anyone would have been the wiser.