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Burger King admits it has been selling beef burgers and Whoppers containing horsemeat


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#1 OFFLINE   CoyoteQ

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

Burger King has tonight admitted that it has been selling burgers and Whoppers containing horsemeat despite two weeks of denials.

The fast food chain, which has more than 500 UK outlets, had earlier given a series of ‘absolute assurances’ that its products were not involved.

However, new tests have revealed these guarantees were incorrect in a revelation that threatens to destroy the trust of customers.

It also raises serious questions about whether the food company, which sells around one million burgers a week in the UK, has any good idea about what goes into its products.

The contaminated burgers were made by the Irish-based processing company, Silvercrest, which is part the ABP Foods Group.

The same company also made tainted burgers for Tesco, Asda and the Co-op, among others.
Burger King has faced allegations of orchestrating a cover-up of its links to the horsemeat scandal in order to give it time to find an alternative supplier.

It is currently shipping in tens of thousands of burgers from suppliers in Germany and Italy in order to meet demand at its UK outlets.

It is known that the management at Silvercrest has been using a series of non-approved ingredients in their burgers for a range of household name brands.

These included meat off-cuts, including horse, that were imported in large frozen blocks from Poland.
The contamination has been going on since at least last May and potentially for up to one year, according to evidence presented to MPs earlier this week.

Tonight Burger King abandoned its earlier denials, saying: ‘Four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA.

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#2 OFFLINE   CoyoteQ

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

I've never really eaten at Burger King...thank God. And it's a typical explanation by the Brits...blame the Irish. :lol2:
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

Sounds like it's time for an Angry Whopper!
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

Sounds like it's time for an Angry Whopper!

Maybe it's old race horses. Gives a new meaning to fast food.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

And on another note, BurgerKing has announced Lance Armstrong as it's new spokesman in the UK.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:10 PM

Has anyone seen former Ranger Christian Dube hanging around BK in the UK?

The reference, if you need it.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

Now Horse Meat Found in Lasagna

First British and Irish consumers were aghast to discover horse meat in their hamburgers. Now, horse meat is turning up in frozen beef lasagnas, with 11 of 18 tested Findus products containing horse meat in the 60% to 100% range, reports the AP. Findus pulled its beef lasagnas from stores and apologized immediately, saying it had "fully resolved" issues with its meat supplies.

While horse meat is not considered a hazard per se, food safety officials are testing the meat for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, which is banned from entering the food chain. Many food officials are pointing fingers at Irish beef exporters, who in turn are blaming Polish suppliers. The UK Food Standards Agency is calling for more comprehensive meat testing to ensure labels accurately represent products.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

Maybe it's old race horses. Gives a new meaning to fast food.

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He'll be here all week! Be sure to tip your waitress! Try the veal! Made with 96% horse meat!
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

Is it bad that news like this won't stop me from visiting a place? I love Whoopers, as long as it tastes good, I'm eating it.

Sad but true.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:35 PM

I'll take a Whopper over a Big Mac any day.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

I'll take a Whopper over a Big Mac any day.


That's because Big Macs are nasty.

I've had exactly one Big Mac in my life. That was one too many.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

I don't see the problem. If you're eating at Burger King, what right have you got to be fussy?
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:28 AM

I'm struggling to figure out why anyone is upset about this...

Horse = animal = food.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:29 AM

Besides they admitted that they're using ACTUAL meat. Regardless of what animal it came from, that's light-years ahead of the McRib.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

I'll take a Whopper over a Big Mac any day.


Never. :brow[1]:
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

That's because Big Macs are nasty.

I've had exactly one Big Mac in my life. That was one too many.

That's exactly how many Whoppers I've had. I also can't stand McDonalds. :yucky:
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

I say become a vegan... Healthier for you...... right..


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I think I used to see this guy sink showering in the bathroom at Pete's Coffee in Santa Cruz where I used to live.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

I say become a vegan... Healthier for you...... right..


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I think I used to see this guy sink showering in the bathroom at Pete's Coffee in Santa Cruz where I used to live.

:lol2: I've seen that same guy here doing that.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

What part of the horse?
They say you are what you eat.....
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