Burger King Admits To Serving Horse Meat

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Now that Burger King has fessed up to serving horse meat in its burger patties, one wonders what other animals made it into its not so delicious offerings. Gawker sums up the scandal:

Though it initially made “absolute assurances” that all of its burgers were 100% beef, Burger King has been forced to admit that some of its patties may have contained horse meat, after traces of equine DNA were found at one of their processing plants.

The scandal started two weeks ago, when supermarket chains in the UK and Ireland began pulling certain beefburger products off the shelf after test concluded that they contained varying amounts of horse meat.

The tainted product was traced back to three processing plants, one of which — Silvercreft Foods — supplies Burger King restaurants in both the UK and Ireland with some of their patties.

“Our independent DNA test results on product taken from restaurants were negative for any equine DNA,” the company said in a statement. “However, four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA.”…

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19 Comments on "Burger King Admits To Serving Horse Meat"

  1. Horse meat makes you strong!

  2. Yes this was a pretty big story over here in the UK with the sale of “value” burgers containing horse meat: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21258773. Perhaps more scandalous was the deluge of predictable bad jokes which flooded social network sites…


  3. lol what’s wrong with horse meat? I’d rather eat horse meat then a disgusting mishmash of pork, beef or even earthworm meat! makes me sick just thinking about that. so horse meat ftw 😉

    • Any particular part of the horse you prefer?


    • @ Hessel. I will tell you what is wrong with horse meat, First of all this world was built by the unconditional hard work and sacrifice of our beloved majestic horses, Next to every foot print is a hoof print, The next reason is( I can’t believe you still don’t know this) Horses are not fit for consumption,this means for your dogs , cats pets either,,We give them drugs like, Bute, Bannamine , annual shots like 5 way , and and wormers all that are dangerouse and poisonouse to consume, these drugs do not leave the horses body systems and are absorbed in the flesh. Oh and we are not talking about the old broken down horse, but pregnant mares, young baby’s being litterally ripped from thier mothers, The little pony Janie Sue out grew who unknowingly is sold to a Kill buyer, promising to give a loving and for ever home, from the time they are rounded up, picked up, crammed into tiny trailers made for one or two horses, they pick up as many as they can, sent to the kill holding pens, tortured, starved, to end up at the processing plants where they use nail guns, as bullets are to expensive, it takes at times multiple tries to kill them. Many strung up still alive while being carved up. Read a book dude, then take your bottom lip, pull it over your head and swallow yourself, As only the lowest form of life eats horses. Like maggots,

      • Kevin Leonard | Mar 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm |

        “only the lowest form of life eats horses”
        I reckon there are a few Hindus who say something similar about eating cows. Or perhaps even Jews/ Muslims about eating pigs.

        I notice you are not mentioning how ALL animals that are raised for food are treated, or the drugs that they are given… nor are you coming to the defense of any of the other beasts of burden. Am I to take it you are a horse owner?

      • Calypso_1 | Mar 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm |


        The Apaches knew how to handle a horse; as did the Mongolians.

      • lol. i get it, you’re a horse lover. I am too actually 😉 still I see no difference (morally) in eating beef or horse meat. cows are just as ”worthy” of an animal as horses.

  4. saint_al | Feb 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm |

    If anyone has a Diane Sawyer-level of shockage over this, I’d recommend BK’s Veggie Burger instead. Not bad, I eat one at least once a month- much healthier than a Whopper.

  5. horse…cow…..sheep….whatever, im hungry

  6. upWising | Feb 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm |

    In an important and timely statement issued by Burger King public relations officer, it was stated: “Burger King is committed to only killing and grinding up cows and pigs to feed our customers. The Burger King Corporate Family finds the killing of horses, and the subsequent grinding up of their bodies for food, to be a repugnant practice. While some of this non-bovine and non-swine meat might have been included in Burger King products, it was done at absolutely no extra charge to our guests and was done in complete compliance with our Mission Statement and Corporate Vision Declaration. We take the issue of what kinds of dead animals our guests put in their bodies very seriously and are very sorry for undue worry this has caused our guests or for indigestion they have suffered.”

    I feel so much better now.

  7. mole_face | Feb 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm |

    That still doesn’t explain their fries.

  8. BuzzCoastin | Feb 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm |

    doesn’t BK already have a horse burger in France?
    I think it’s the Maurice Chevalier Combo Meal #6

  9. I live in Japan, and the Japanese quite enjoy eating horse meat–both cooked and raw.

  10. Horselover Fat

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