Burger King reveals its burgers contained horsemeat


As a follow-on from a story about UK supermarkets selling burgers containing horse meat, it has been revealed you’ve been eating horse meat if you had some Burger King.

The fast food restaurant chain had initially denied that its burgers contained horsemeat, but backtracked after receiving test results.  

In other words, they lied until they couldn’t get away with it any longer.

Burger King stated: “Four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA.

“Within the last 36 hours, we have established that Silvercrest used a small percentage of beef imported from a non-approved supplier in Poland.

“They promised to deliver 100% British and Irish beef patties and have not done so. This is a clear violation of our specifications, and we have terminated our relationship with them.”

There are more than 500 Burger King restaurants in the UK.

Yesterday (January 30), Tesco announced that it had dropped Silvercrest as its supplier.

Earlier this month, a sample from Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers was revealed to contain 21.9% horse meat. Lidl, Aldi and Iceland were among several other retailers affected by the scandal.

However, Irish food safety authority FSAI has insisted that the meat is perfectly safe to consume.

The question has to be asked:

Where does Burger King New Zealand get its meat from?


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  • Andrei

    Journalists might give a shit but I don’t

  • Rodger T

    Still,its got to be better than Kentucky Fried Cat.

  • Whafe

    Nothing wrong with a bit of horse meat, good eating really. However just tell the people what is in a patty and let them decide if they wish to purchase.

    Horse meat is almost rated higher than eye filet in Belgium

  • williamabong

    There must be horse meat in these burgers, I ate one and got the trots.

    • Hazards001

      Typical press…neigh sayers the lot of ’em

  • John Q Public

    It’s likely leaner and healthier too, cheveaux. What’s the problem.

  • Lion_ess

    You get more packaging and preservatives than you can poke a stick at and then have the gall to complain about a little bit of horsey.

  • GregM

    Horse meat is readily available for purchase at any south Auckland market.
    $10 for 10 kg’s of “hoosi”. There’s nothing wrong with it.

  • P1LL

    I wouldn’t mind a bit of horse meat in my burger , but if you saw the people who make the bugrers here in Whangarei you would never eat BK again

  • Get a grip

    Get a grip!!! Read the article !! Then apply a dollop of common sense.
    I know WO is not in business and probably doesnt understand the world works outside the blogspher….. but sheesh.
    A subcontactor does NOT supply exactly as specified. and you want to shoot Burger King…….
    What earthly reason would Burger King have for using horse meat???
    Yep, I join most of the posters here…..No big deal……

  • Rachael

    Burger King New
    Zealand is supplied by Kiwi Pacific Foods Ltd, our joint venture beef patty
    processing plant based in Mangere, Auckland. Kiwi Pacific Foods purchases
    boneless beef from export licenced beef slaughtering and processing plants
    under the full-time supervision of Ministry for Primary Industry staff. Species
    verification at these plants is undertaken by Ministry for Primary Industry
    veterinarians. We have sourced our beef patties from Kiwi Pacific Foods since 1995. Rachael Allison, Marketing Director, Burger King NZ