Fast food chain Burger King admitted they’ve been using horse meat for their hamburgers.
They’ve been accused for using horse meat in the past couple of years. However, Burger Kings has consistently denied such accusations as rumors.
According to USA Today, the existence of horse meat in steak is a sensitive problem in Britain and Ireland. The both countries do not have a custom of eating horses. The story about The Burger Kings was reported by British tabloid The Sun under the headline “Shergar King”, which is also reference to a well-known racehorse.
Officials say there isn’t any threat to human well-being. But food security concerns have been raised by the episode.
Horse meat is also found in other products from another Irish company, as well as one in Britain. Most had only a little percentage, but one brand of burgers sold by the British supermarket chain Tesco, was proved to have 29% horse meat.
Irish food officials have said that an ingredient from another European country is most likely the source of contaminants that is the horse meat.
The Burger Kings on the Horse Meat Contaminants Issue
On the other hand, Burger Kings says that its patties are made form 100% beef. However, there was also a statement that said the evaluations were not accurate. They also apologized to their customers.
The company that was making meat for Burger Kings was called Silvercrest. In addition, they have also delivered meat for Asda, Co op and Tesco. The ingredients of the meat they were providing have been prohibited for usage since last year.
Anyhow, the Burger Kings have made the following statements on this issue:
“We discovered that Silvercrest is using small percent of beef originating from non-approved Polish suppliers, who promised to supply them with 100% British and Irish beef cutlets.
“They did not fulfill their promise.”
“All of this is completely against our rules and regulations, so we decided to end up the partnership with this supplier.”
“As we’ve confirmed, this Polish supplier is the source of the contaminated meat that came from Silvercrest.”
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