After two weeks of denial, Burger King finally has admitted that it has been selling Whoppers and other beef burgers containing horsemeat to UK and Irish customers as reported by www.Dailymail.co.uk on Jan. 31. There are more than 500 of the fast food restaurants in the United Kingdom and they had earlier given their 'absolute assurances' that its food was not involved. New tests have disclosed that these guarantees were inaccurate and that now threatens to destroy customer trust.
Burger King has issued a statement:
"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."
There is nothing illegal about using horsemeat in burgers, as long as it is stated to the public that it is indeed horsemeat and not beef. Also, officials want the public to know that there is no health risk involved in consumers eating horsemeat-tainted burgers.
Burger King's products were not tested by Irish authorities in the food standard checks. The fast food company moved production from the Silvercrest plant in Ireland to Germany and Italy as a preventive measure. They said that the test results on Thursday night showed "very small trace levels" of horse DNA in its food products. However, the burgers that were taken from the restaurants had tested negative.
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