The horse meat debacle in the Ireland just won’t end. A little over two weeks ago, it was announced that traces of horse meat had been found in select hamburger patties being sold in supermarkets. One sample tested was made up of 29% horse meat.
A week later, Burger King announced that it was dropping one of its beef suppliers, Silvercrest, that was involved in supplying the tainted meat to stores. At the time they called the move “voluntary and precautionary.”
However, according to the Guardian, it doesn’t seem so precautionary now, as Burger King has announced that some of the burgers they sold in Ireland and the U.K. were, in fact, tainted with horse meat. In a statement, the fast food giant admits that testing done at the plant their burgers came from has shown trace amounts of horse DNA.
“Our supplier has failed us,” Burger King’s vice-president for global quality Diego Beamonte says, “and in turn we have failed you.” Beamonte skirted around the possibility of a previous contamination, when asked, saying, “Testing for equine DNA is not a standard practice used in beef production.” However, he added that the company would look into that possibility moving forward.
It’s been determined that the tainted beef came from a supplier in Poland. While officials maintain that horse meat poses no health risks, it’s hard to convince people that horse in their cheeseburger is alright.