Burger King drops U.K. beef supplier over horsemeat scandal
By Jay Keller
Silvercrest, a subsidiary of ABP Food Group, was the regular supplier of beef patties to Burger King restaurants across the U.K. and Ireland.
Last week, Silvercrest recalled 10 million burgers from supermarkets after testing by regulators found horse DNA in some of the products.
“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 ongoing,” Burger King Worldwide said in a statement.
All Silvercrest products in the U.K. & Ireland were summarily replaced with products from another Burger King supplier, the company also confirmed.
ADP Food Group released a statement on Jan. 16 saying the company never knowingly supplied equine meat products and the issue only affects frozen beef burgers supplied by Silvercrest Foods and another subsidiary, Dalepak Hambleton.
Spot-checks and further company testing is underway, ADP said, and while there is no food-safety issue, a full recall of frozen burgers was issued.
“We are shocked by the result of these tests, and are currently at a loss to explain why one test showed 29 percent equine DNA,” ADP said last week in a statement.
Buger King offered assurance to its customers that the company has in place strict controls and that food quality and safety are a top priority for Burger King restaurants globally.
“We take this matter seriously and will continue with our investigations to determine how this situation occurred and what lessons can be learned,” the Burger King Worldwide said.
The beef industry does not routinely DNA test meat products for species but ADP also said it has launched a new, independent testing regime for meat products which will include DNA analysis.
The news of a potential tainting of beef products with horse products spurred an outcry from customers across Ireland and the U.K. who voiced their opinion on the company’s Facebook page.
Neither Burger King or ADP Food Group offered any further statement at this time.
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