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Gucciardi reports: "In a piece of highly disturbing news, Burger King has now admitted after continuous denial that it has actually been selling UK customers both burgers and Whoppers that contain horsemeat."

Burger King's Whopper sandwich. (photo: Burger King)
Burger King's Whopper sandwich. (photo: Burger King)


Burger King Admits Burgers Contain Horsemeat

By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

01 February 13

 

n a piece of highly disturbing news, Burger King has now admitted after continuous denial that it has actually been selling UK customers both burgers and Whoppers that contain horsemeat. This admission comes just after The Guardian reports that Burger King reps offered a round of ‘absolute assurances' to customers that it did not ever use horsemeat in its products.

A series of tests done on the burger products now reveal that Burger King has been issuing completely phony statements, with burgers made for the fast food chain from the Irish company Silvercrest containing measurable levels of horsemeat. It's important to note this is the same company that processes meat for Tesco, Asda, and the Co-op. The managers at Silvercrest have been revealed to be utilizing non-approved ingredients within their burger assortment - even for ‘household brands'.

Burger King Admits to Horsemeat in Whoppers, Burgers

Burger King admitted just a few hours ago that the samples did in fact contain horsemeat:

"Four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA… we have established that Silvercrest used a small percentage of beef imported from a non-approved supplier in Poland. This is a clear violation of our specifications, and we have terminated our relationship with them."

It is not yet clear which of these top brands could be containing such concerning ingredients as horse meat and other 'meat cut offs'. What is known is that tens of thousands of burgers from suppliers like Silvercrest and others in Germany have been shipped into Burger King alone to meet demand just in the UK. According to the Daily Mail report on the study results, the horsemeat contamination can be traced back to a full year, or at least since last May.

The investigation into this issue started after the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found that burgers out of Ireland contained horsemeat. The disturbing findings highlight yet another reason not to consumer fast food, which contains a host of problematic substances such as ingredients banned in other nations.

 

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+22 # universlman 2013-02-01 12:31
Maybe that's why they call it a whopper.
 
 
+12 # EPGAH3 2013-02-01 15:52
When they're caught, THEN they admit it! BRILLIANT!
Also, I think he meant "consume", not "consumer" in the last sentence?
 
 
+1 # burnchris 2013-02-01 23:38
What's the big deal? In Central Asia, horsemeat is considered a delicacy. It's actually delicious.
 
 
+1 # madams12 2013-02-02 21:49
Please take notice burnchris....th is AINT Central Asia but you're welcome to take and extended visit...
 
 
+2 # moonraker 2013-02-02 00:17
Moonraker

What's wrong with horse meat, I ate it when I was a kid, and I'm 89 now and have not experienced any ill effects from it........

Have you ever eaten venison?
 
 
+1 # twnzach 2013-02-02 01:25
Whatever. Meat is meat. Maybe it's cause I'm from Asia that I'll eat anything but still...big deal.
 
 
+1 # NOMINAE 2013-02-11 21:49
Quoting twnzach:
Whatever. Meat is meat. Maybe it's cause I'm from Asia that I'll eat anything but still...big deal.


Yeah ..... I think that the actual point here is that these Corporations are involved in the classic "Bait and Switch".
They are advertizing and claiming to sell ONE product and
then actually substituting ANOTHER product.

The question here is not the "quality" of the substitute product, but simply the fact that there IS a substitute product.

You know..... like advertizing "All Beef Patties", and then selling you piles of Pink Slime, liberally treated with ammonia.

In this country that kind of fraudulent two-step is still against the law, at least until Burger King et al get around to changing the law to make Pink Slime, Road Kill, Porcupine, Raccoon and Horse meat legal substitutes for the term: "All Beef Patties".
 
 
+1 # GDC707 2013-02-02 02:27
Good Grief, the French have been eaing horsemeat for ages and I ate it regularly when I lived in Quebec. It actually tastes great and when prepared well is very tender and slightly sweet as compared with beef. Leave it to Americans to make a big deal out of nothing
 
 
+9 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-02-02 07:52
The problem is labelling & unispected content. I agree from experience that horsemeat is an excellent food.
 
 
+16 # WestWinds 2013-02-02 03:10
What I want to know is how much more of this corporate bad behavior is the world going to tolerate. The reason these corporations keep getting more and more ridiculous is because we keep growing our acceptance and tolerance for it. What size building does the world have to have to finally, finally, finally say, "enough" and end the insanity?

If you have Netflix, I highly recommend a series called MI5, they cover a lot of the corporate issues America has been dealing with. Evidently, Britain has been openly dealing with these things one step ahead of us, like the politicians taking over the military and running it for their own agenda, but on our pocketbooks.
 
 
+4 # phrixus 2013-02-02 05:52
More corporate lying. How shocking. Zzzz...
 
 
+19 # Citizen Mike 2013-02-02 07:15
Horse meat is not intrinsically bad for us or unfit to eat. The real point here is that these burgers are being adulterated with a cheaper ingredient than beef and the product is deceptively or inaccurately labeled. People are entitled to know what is the content, and it is immoral if not illegal to adulterate a food product with a cheap filler or extender and then conceal this fact.
 
 
+2 # Phlippinout 2013-02-02 09:10
Bye bye burger king...
 
 
+6 # stanhode 2013-02-02 09:12
A vet once explained that horses develop leaner protein (seems evident) compared with beef, and they are less susceptible to worms and other parasites. In France and some other countries, you can see deep, red, and very lean horse meat in groceries.

I think GMOs might be a bigger problem for our health right now. Check out "geneticroulett emovie.com" regarding some of the insults to our health.
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2013-02-02 09:51
Hell, I don't have a problem with horsemeat -I used to knowingly eat it in Spain, Southern France, Morocco and even Idaho, and depending on how you its cooked, is quite tasty and very lean but I wonder what the source and black market is, how the horses are treated and slaughtered and what they are fed.
Hell, I'm Scottish and the UK, Ireland and most of Europe cook skillfully and consume kidneys, liver, heart, brains and other parts with relish and are the basis of many what have become classical dishes. So I don't see why the outcry -especially in the UK and Ireland.
And before you Americans get all uppity and squeamish, have you any idea what goes into ball park hot dogs or even Spam (which has no list of ingredients on the tins)?
It's all the chemicals, hormones and false bulking in the beef, pork and chicken, cooked by people who are not cooks that are the problem here (I have an Oregon Food handlers Card and some of the stuff they are concerned with is almost irrelevant). Lamb is my favorite meat and is not really subject to processing as it is eaten very little here.
I don't do fast food as I love to cook and take a great deal of trouble culling, wasting nothing, making my own stocks and demiglace bases but don't B.K. and some other briefly grill their meat and keep the patties in a warming oven for some time before serving?
And wasn't Mickey D's found to be using kangaroo meat in their burgers here some time ago?
 
 
+6 # Majikman 2013-02-02 11:52
I agree, RP. There are 2 problems that this article identifies. 1. Truth in labeling...rega rdless of the protein source.
2. The emotional response to horse meat which deserves its own separate discussion.
 
 
+4 # MainStreetMentor 2013-02-02 15:42
What a horses'-A$$ Burger King is! Oh. Wait ...
 
 
+3 # hoodwinkednomore 2013-02-03 00:19
Why don't we just cook up Granny when she lives out her life. Gramps, and Auntie and brother too. Hell, let's just cook our babies up if we have too many...bound to be light, tasty, lean and sweet too!

Horse slaughterhouses are hell on earth, people. Plus, the drugs, etc. Why not just encourage vegetarianism b/c it is actually a healthier way to live--no doubt some thumbs down comin' my way...just remember the obesity epidemic, etc. etc.
 
 
-1 # Glen 2013-02-03 05:38
You'd eat it in a snow storm...
 
 
0 # hammermann 2013-02-04 03:56
Much ado about nothing. Horsemeat is better and more healthy. Every culture as different food or animal taboos. The thing is horses are more like pets- big, beautiful,eroti c pets... and I don't want to encourage their slaughter. Saw the ELF movie where they burned down this hideous horse slaughterhouse in Oregon. I ate buffalo-burger once and it was excellent, 97% lean- the patty doesn't even hold together... but I felt dirty, cause I loved the buffalo from my time in Yellowstone.
 
 
0 # NOMINAE 2013-02-11 22:04
Quoting hammermann:
Much ado about nothing. Horsemeat is better and more healthy. Every culture as different food or animal taboos. The thing is horses are more like pets- big, beautiful,erotic pets... and I don't want to encourage their slaughter. Saw the ELF movie where they burned down this hideous horse slaughterhouse in Oregon. I ate buffalo-burger once and it was excellent, 97% lean- the patty doesn't even hold together... but I felt dirty, cause I loved the buffalo from my time in Yellowstone.


Yeah ..... but this kind of emotionalism is cultural, and can only be indulged in by those who are well-to-over fed.

As we all know, cats and dogs are eaten in Asia. We are all too emotional about doing that, so, instead we euthanize hundreds of thousands of unwanted dogs and cats per year and then just waste the protein.

We also waste TONS of protein here that is well taken advantage of in Asia due to the fact that we don't eat insects. Some of the insect plates in SE Asia would fool you into thinking you were consuming Aunt Martha's casserole in white sauce.

We also turned our noses up at squid, until the Sushi craze hit the States, making it suddenly cool to eat RAW EEL. This, in a country that likewise, and foolishly, will not eat Snakes !

As mentioned above, this cultural prejudice is due only to the fact that we have never been that hungry on a National level.
The day we are, all the above will be on the menu in a flash.
 

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