Burger King drops firm involved in horse meat controversy, replaces supplier under investigation

By on Jan 25, 2013 in Business, Europe, Food Comments

Updated: February 2, 2013 11:21 p.m.

Read Burger King admits to horse meat in their burgers, but says they were never sold in restaurants

Burger King UK drops a firm as its beef supplier, which was involved in the horse meat controversy and is now under investigation by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). This action of Burger King comes a week after the Irish food safety agency announced that traces of horse meat were found in some local burgers.

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According to a press release at BurgerKing.co.uk on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, the food chain company has decided to drop Silvercrest Foods, a subsidiary of ABP Food Group, as their 100% beef patties supplier in the UK and Ireland, and will replace them with another approved Burger King supplier.

“While this is not a food safety issue according to findings from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), upon learning of these allegations, we immediately launched an independent investigation that is currently on-going.” A statement reads at BurgerKing.co.uk, adding that they will continue their own investigation.

“Unfortunately, this may mean that some of our products are temporarily unavailable. We apologize to our guests for any inconvenience. However, we want to let them know that they can trust us to serve only the highest quality products. We take this matter seriously.” Burger King UK added.

An earlier test was conducted by the FSAI to Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and both plants have been found positive with DNA horse meat, which was also found in batches of raw ingredients. The affected food products were being sold in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi, and in Iceland.

However, Burger King emphasized that their action was voluntary and is only a precautionary measure since FSAI noted on their report that there is no issue on food safety. And while it is legal to buy or sell horse meat in the UK, it is illegal not to declare it on food labels, plus it is not in their culture to eat horse meat.

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