Burger King admits to adding horse meat in beef patties sold at specific locations internationally. According to a Feb. 1 report by the Huffington Post, the fast food restaurant chain fessed up and said that some of their beef was tainted with horse meat throughout the U.K. and Ireland.
Silvercrest was dropped by Burger King after it was discovered the food processing plant received their meat from a Polish distributor suspected of using horse and pig meat as fillers in beef. There have been problems surrounding this at a supermarket in Ireland -- items labeled 100 percent beef when it had horse and pig meat added.
Burger King issued the following statement regarding horse meat in their beef:
"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."
Will this harm the image of Burger King after it was learned their burger patties -- advertised as 100 percent beef -- was tainted?