Horse meat scandal in beef burgers: Burger King involved too

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Further implications in what has been renamed as the “horse meat gate”, the English scandal of the horse meat found in beef burgers. The well-known fast food chain Burger King also had to confess that it was involved, despite initial denials. The results of DNA tests conducted at the Irish factories of one of its suppliers, Monaghan-based Silvercrest, one of the largest hamburger producers in Europe with 140 employees, revealed that some of its beef burgers were forged with horse meat.



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Further implications in what has been renamed as the "horse meat gate“, The British horse meat scandal found in beef burgers. Even the well-known fast food chain Burger King had to confess to have been involved, despite the initial denials.

The results of DNA tests conducted in the Irish factories of one of its suppliers, Monaghan's Silvercrest, one of the largest hamburger producers in Europe with 140 employees, revealed that some of its beef burgers were forged with horse meat.

While the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom have discovered that the origin of the fraud is a Polish factory where the raw material of the hamburgers was made with a mixture of beef and horse meat and the authorities reassure the dangers to the health of consumers, in a statement released by The Guardian, Burger King confessed everything.

“Our results of independent DNA tests performed on our products taken from restaurants were negative - reads the note-. However, four samples taken from the recent Silvercrest facility highlighted the presence of very small traces of equine DNA. In the last 36 hours we have determined that Silvercrest has been using a small percentage of beef imported from an unapproved supplier in Poland. They promised to deliver 100% British and Irish beef burgers and they didn't. This is a clear one violation of our specifications and for this we have ended our relationship with them “.

Diego Beamonte, Burger King's vice president of quality explained that the company was "deeply disturbed by the results of our investigation and we apologize to our guests, who rely on us for 100% quality beef burgers." Equine DNA testing is not a standard practice used in beef production, concludes the vice president, “but the company will consider whether to carry out additional checks, including DNA testing and other advanced analyzes, traceability will be needed. "



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