Burger King parts company with supplier in horse meat controversy

Burger King, a famous chain of fast food restaurants, announced last Thursday that it is no longer acquiring meats from the firm that was caught up in the middle of the controversy about the beef that apparently contains a horse DNA.

The food business was astounded on the revelation that some of the leaders in the market industry including Tesco and some of the smaller players like Iceland, Aldi , Dunnes Stores and Lidl sold products that contain horse meat.

The authority on food safety clarify that consuming horse meat does not possess any threat to human lives, but the recent findings questioned the integrity of the food companies and their capabilities in tracing ingredients on meats. Burger King posted on its website that the company had finalised their decision to drop Silvercrest products and replace them with goods from a more reliable supplier.

Burger King further stated that their company is working meticulously to recognize suppliers that will be able to supply them with 100% pure beef that meet the company’s excellent standard.

The burger that tested positive for equine DNA were produced by Silvercrest Foods, Liffey Meats and Dalepak Hambleton, though the recent laboratory findings are showing no signs of horse DNA on Liffey Meats products. As a precautionary measure by Tesco, the company instantly removed all their pending transactions with Silvercrest.

The ABP Food Group declared that they are now investigating the matter on how horsemeat was present on their products. ABP added that during the time of contamination, their beef was provided by suppliers that are not from Ireland.

Detection of the horse DNA on beef products can take a toll on the retailers’ reputation. Sun Newspaper reported the announcement of Burger King on the front page of the newspaper with a headline entitled “Shergar King” denoting a well-known racehorse who suffered an unknown fate.