The Burger King horseburger scandal is turning in to a finger-pointing conundrum. When traces of horse DNA was found in a meat plant that supplied the fast food chain with its beef, news blew up that Burger King had served horse meat to its customers. On Feb. 5, Time Colonist reported that the company that was initially blamed for the "mix up" is now claiming another company is actually at fault.
"The Irish meat company at the center of Europe's scandal on Tuesday blamed the contamination of its hamburger patties on the purchase last year of 170 tons of meat imported from Poland," Time Colonist reported.
The Horseburger scandal, as previously reported, caused Burger King to cut ties with the Irish meat company. It now appears, however, that the horse meat may not have been their fault. At the same time, Burger King vice president, Diego Beamonte, seemed pretty serious about cutting ties with the company and it doesn't sound like they will reconnect, even if this wasn't their fault.
"Clearly this is a matter that has to be sorted out ... a matter of reputation. Obviously we can't afford to have that," said Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. This whole scandal was a huge blow to the Irish meat company and it seems obvious that they want to lift a weight off their shoulders.
The Horseburger scandal seems to be unfolding a little bit each day. The important thing for people to know is that burgers in the U.S. were tested for horse meat and there was no trace -- this according to Burger King.
© Effie Orfanides 2013