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Disturbing: Burger King Admits Burgers Contain Horsemeat

Anthony Gucciardi
February 1st, 2013
Updated 05/21/2014 at 1:22 am
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burgerkinghorsemeat 265x165 Disturbing: Burger King Admits Burgers Contain HorsemeatIn a piece of highly disturbing news, Burger King has now admitted after continuous denial that it has actually been selling UK customers both burgers and Whoppers that contain horsemeat. This admission comes just after The Guardian reports that Burger King reps offered a round of ‘absolute assurances’ to customers that it did not ever use horsemeat in its products.

A series of tests done on the burger products now reveal that Burger King has been issuing completely phony statements, with burgers made for the fast food chain from the Irish company Silvercrest containing measurable levels of horsemeat. It’s important to note this is the same company that processes meat for Tesco, Asda, and the Co-op. The managers at Silvercrest have been revealed to be utilizing non-approved ingredients within their burger assortment – even for ‘household brands’.

Burger King Admits to Horsemeat in Whoppers, Burgers

Burger King admitted just a few hours ago that the samples did in fact contain horsemeat:

“Four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA… we have established that Silvercrest used a small percentage of beef imported from a non-approved supplier in Poland. This is a clear violation of our specifications, and we have terminated our relationship with them.”

It is not yet clear which of these top brands could be containing such concerning ingredients as horse meat and other ‘meat cut offs’. What is known is that tens of thousands of burgers from suppliers like Silvercrest and others in Germany have been shipped into Burger King alone to meet demand just in the UK. According to the Daily Mail report on the study results, the horsemeat contamination can be traced back to a full year, or at least since last May.

The investigation into this issue started after the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found that burgers out of Ireland contained horsemeat. The disturbing findings highlight yet another reason not to consumer fast food, which contains a host of problematic substances such as ingredients banned in other nations.

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  • Health Nut

    Horsemeat or beef – what's the difference? In either case, an animal is brutally slayed.

  • ddd

    im pretty sure we all agree when we pull up into a fast food restraunt "fuck my 60s"

  • Maggi

    What is the big deal about horsmeat ? The horse is a vegatarien and so it is a cleaner meat than pork, as long it was raised without hormones and other chemicals.

  • Alan

    50 years ago asbestos was in daily use – we know now how bad an idea this was.
    What will we be admitting to in 50 years time? Fossil fuels? Plastic? Food additives? Fluoride?
    There must be a reason the cancer rate is 1 in 2
    It's not the meat that's at fault – it doesn't matter which animal it came from it's what happens before and after slaughter that counts.
    Human milk cheese anyone?

  • Doobey

    ok. not to be gross, but meat is meat right? well then what about human meat? baby meat? are we ok with eating that? hell no. there is a limit. granted its governed by cultural norms which are by nature highly arbitrary BUT there are 'generally accepted limits' to what any culture perceive as food. thats fact. Burger King and Silvercrest should be VERY AWARE that most people in the Western World are repulsed by the thought of eating certain meats. horsemeat is one of them. hence the controversy. this pseudo contentious "who cares its just meat" juvenile stance is horse crap (pun intended). most people in the West find it disgusting. period. and if we're gonna 'pretend' to present logic as a defense for what BK did, how bout this: its incredibly detrimental to their bottom line to use horsemeat. (altho their marketing spin machine does its job well so maybe not so detrimental. not to mention all the grazing sheep out there – just sayin). anyway its a stupid thing to do. or at least to let out. and they know it. which is why they lied about it.

  • Serapis

    It's not what's in there that's so particular to point out folks – it's the fact that we are being lied to by just about everyone who has a fat paycheck and isn't satisfied with it. They care about money and power that's all.

    This is about truth and awareness – not about horse or cow or mushroom any other kind of meat.


  • @philwatson01

    I don't get why it's generally considered more repulsive to eat horse flesh as opposed to a cow or pig! Are horses higher in the animal pecking order, exempt from the brutality of the slaughterhouse? Does a horse feel more pain than a dog, cat, cow, pig, sheep or chicken? Of course not! So if you eat meat what's the diff? This is the animal equivalent of racism – species-ism! :(

  • yankee phil

    Why delete the truth, the polacks are dangerous and have been criminally responsible for endangering the food chain before just recently here in europe,the last episode of wood grain alchohol counterfiet branded whiskey,vodka,rum here in europe could hit america as well . Call a spade a spade, could be your pet or one of your kids that winds up in a burger next time. Print my original text you lightweight.

    • Z…………

      It is not anymore all about horse meat, because it is really much healthier then other meat, point is really how they giving us what ever they want and we eat, gmo, msg, additives etc how long our body will tollerate all this toxins. Today we cannot find what is in our food because our government not care about population, they care about food proccesor because they pay big many to politicians, and NWO have "big plan for us" with 500 million of population whic they plan to leave on earth every Jews will have 2800 slaves! that is NEW WORLD ORDER wishes. We eat also meat from dead animals only we don't know that and who will tell us??????????????

  • Mr Ed

    Really? You think it’s “highly disturbing news” about a hamburger “containing measurable levels of horsemeat”? As meat goes, can you specify exactly what would make horse meat unfit for human consumption more than cow, pig, chicken, fish, turkey, dog or sheep? Can you come up with any reason except cultural indoctrination?

    I can go down to my local store and buy a pound of horse meat, ironically packaged under the label “hamburger meat”, and make you a lovely stew and you would never be the wiser. A few friends from the states ate it for a long time and loved it until they found out what it was. So this whole notion is just childish and stupid. If you eat meat at all, you have no reason to avoid or criticise a certain meat unless a) you have tried it and didn’t like the taste/texture (opinion) b) it may actually be harmful to eat (like Fugu fish).

    Shouldn’t an article on rather deal with all the other stuff BK puts in their food that are actually harmful and something you can cover without making all Americans appear like narrow minded hypocrites to the rest of the world?

    • john Leigh

      Right 100% Mr Ed,well said.Sir,

    • Karen

      Because horses aren't traditionally used for meat, they don't regulate the medications used on horses. Many horse drugs aren't fit for human consumption. (And I'm not too sure about cow drugs either!)
      If horse meat were regulated like cow meat, it wouldn't be any different as far as eating goes. It's just the mental block against eating "companion" animals.


    No wonder they market to black people(not to purposely exclude other races/cultures).
    It seems that we, so called African Americans, of which I am one,
    are the target audience for their commercials and marketing in general.
    With GMO dastardly bastards Monsanto and ADM ect. We are fast running out
    of options.
    A great governmental (leadership) insanity is permeating all facets of life.
    corpratocracy is what all of the vampire and werewolf movies are about.

  • mahigan

    horse meat is far better quality than beef, I find it really funny this big scare because of some horse dna, LOL, those burgers have a lot more worse in it than horse meat

  • Anna

    I agree with the comments that say what’s the difference? I don’t eat meat and find it gross, but I am ok with others eating it. I wonder how those who eat meat decided that cows are ok to eat and horses are not… If you eat one, you should be ok eating the other…
    I really don’t like the tone of the article. It seems that the author is just trying to grab attention by making this sound scandalous (I noticed it with other articles). I would prefer a critical, thoughtful review, rather than this tasteless style.

  • Rebekkah

    Eating animal flesh in the first place is disgusting, no matter where it comes from. Funny how you can divide it out like that and call it gross…it's just a matter of culture – if you really think about it, flesh is flesh – skin cells, muscle cells, blood cells, animal DNA – all the same.

  • Greg Burton

    Stop and think: could all the stories we've been reading: environmental disasters, the defective consumers products…e.g. fracking, the Gulf oil spill, Fukushima, contaminated vaccines and food, using DU for crockery, toxic GMO foods, genetically modified wheat that is addictive, fructose that causes obesity, ignored cheap alternative fuels, marginalized cures for cancer, recreating the Spanish flu…I could probably come up with an extensive list…are these accidental, incompetence, or even worse: depopulation conspiracies that are not only deliberate, but demonic.

    • The Truth

      You are more correct than you may realize. Depopulation is the big picture that is revealed when all dots are connected. And yes, it is demonic. That is why it is so hard to believe for many, since humans on their own could never come up with all this, no matter how immoral they may be.
      Check out the Georgia guidestones. They want to depopulate to less than 500.000.000. That means there’s about 93% of us will eventually be killed of.
      The question for all of us is: Will you hope to be in the “lucky” 7% that will survive as slaves, or will you do something about this?

      • Z…………

        Yes, you are right, but can you see how many ignorant comenting here who is not interested in anything in life, even own health!!!!!!!!!!!! It is sad but truth, but because of so many ignorants who not folow politics and there decisions rich dominate even with our food and also with our future which is not bright, Rockefeller and Rotchilds 'NEED MORE MONEY, THEY HAVERNT ENOUGH"
        now they need now our lifes.

    • Anonymous

      I agree Greg, what you are saying is spot on!

  • Anonymous

    I am eatting mr.ed Rite Now..

  • juan

    question? what is the diference btwn horse meat and meat from a cow?to me the only diference is the way the animal is raise, people eat more meat from a cow then other animals,and is not usual to eat horse but in reality flesh is flesh no matter how you look at it,and looking at the animals it self they both big,the both rumiants,so i don't understand why people say that is digusting to eat horse if they eat cows, i believe there's no difference

  • Dune Sandworm

    ya friggin squeemish macaroons. I don't mind horse meat. It is meat. I am more up at arms about BK for the last time I ate there; had the chicken sandwich and can say with honesty I've had better tasting sawdust at home depot for free just walking down the lumber isle. Eat yer horse and be happy and grateful it is not centipede meat… or is it.

  • Violet

    Yet another reason I am Vegan. It disgusts me what goes on.

    • Fern

      You may be Vegan. But don't you forget the fact that your veggies may have been fertilized by using horse shit, cow shit, chicken shit or even in some cases, human shit. Now that's why your fruit and veg tastes good, isn't it? And I'm not talking bull shit! So don't get me started with this crap! It's the circle of life.

      • Anonymous

        Some people choose not to eat animals, and I’m one. It’s so cruel and we don’t really need meat to be alive, but it’s been programmed in us to do so. Animals have a heart and cry for there babies and each other…

  • Crystal

    I would not eat a horse ever on purpose. But who decides what animal in the animal kingdom is greater than another, Why is a cow inferior? When the catholic church says we can eat fish during Lent, why is the fish not considered just as great an animal as any other animal. God loved all his creatures the same right?

  • ewcollins

    Does anyone here ever eat at Burger King? Most likely no one here really cares what they serve. We're not going to eat there anyhow. Right?

  • JR Henry

    Cows are good and Horses are bad? Do they eat something different that I shouldn't know of? So what. I'd eat cat at a Chinese restaurant and dog at a Taiwanese restaurant if they offered it! Think of what the Indians think of all the beef we eat!

    • Ioanna

      Maybe you would also eat your mother or your wife? or maybe your kids someday? just for fun and variety, afterall it's just meat!!!

      • Kootenay Coyote

        Only if, like Ioanna, you're married to a horse.

  • anonymous

    how is this disturbing? horse meat is great…

    • ChrissyB

      Horse meat is not, as far as I'm aware, monitored to the strict criteria that we in Britain use, in respect to what should and should not be included in our food. It is not regarded as being part of our human food-chain in this country. Sad fact is, many countries in the European Union have lower quality food standards than Britain…..note the term "non-approved Polish supplier". That should explain most of it.
      What's really bad here is the fact that Burger King denied using horsemeat in the first place…..that makes them liars, unreliable and untrustworthy.
      This is the sort of thing that needs exposing, time and time again. The possibility that horsemeat might be "great" is besides the point; it's principles and standards at stake here.

      • mahigan

        meanwhile, countless food companies openly lie to everyone everyday…

  • kathy

    where did you here this news ?

  • @1stLadey

    Nobody should be eating that crap in the first place. Horsemeat as an ingredient is the least of your concerns. (Think: Surfactants, MSG, artificial everything)

  • Sally

    Disgusting! I know we won't be eating there anymore here in the States!! Burger King… you suck!!! :p

    • Paula

      did you ever eat Mortadella ?? what do you think that is?

      • terrence

        Mortadella does NOT contain horse meat

    • larry smith

      Chuckle…,sorry, can't help but think about the christians who give thanks for their food, and then ask God to bless it in Jesus' name. Afterward, you might also hear how disgusting the food is. Whether christians or not, they're all a bunch of hypocrites.