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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 06:55 PM

Burger King to DNA test burgers for horse meat

Source: Salon


The chain will test its beef patties following concerns surrounding a former meat supplier

BY NATASHA LENNARD

Although Burger King assures customers that its beef patties are just that, the fast food giant is taking extra precautions. According to Business Week, the King will begin DNA testing its burger for foreign DNA, particularly horse meat, after it was discovered that a former supplier, Silvercrest, had sold meat containing traces equine DNA to other retailers (but never to Burger King). In a statement, Burger King told customers:

As we confirmed on 23rd of January, we transitioned all of our restaurants in the UK, Ireland and Denmark to other BURGER KING(R) approved suppliers from Germany and Italy as a precaution. These suppliers have provided DNA evidence to confirm their products are free of equine DNA. These are the product being sold in our restaurants today.


We will dedicate ourselves to determining what lessons can be learned and what additional measures, including DNA testing and enhanced traceability controls, can be taken to ensure that we continue to provide you with the quality products you expect from us, said Diego Beamonte, vice president, Global Quality, Burger King Corporation in a statement.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/31/burger_king_to_dna_test_burgers_for_horse_meat/

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Reply Burger King to DNA test burgers for horse meat (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
longship Jan 2013 #1
dogman Jan 2013 #2
Riftaxe Jan 2013 #3
DreWId Jan 2013 #10
AtheistCrusader Feb 2013 #13
Riftaxe Feb 2013 #14
WCGreen Jan 2013 #4
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #5
JI7 Jan 2013 #6
Mkap Jan 2013 #7
Roland99 Jan 2013 #8
flamingdem Jan 2013 #9
cosmicone Jan 2013 #11
iandhr Feb 2013 #12

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:01 PM

1. A good PR move. I would do it, too. But...

What if they find Soylent Green?


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:16 PM

3. Horse meat...

less fat, and more iron...can't have that now

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Response to Riftaxe (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:43 PM

10. sterioids and antibiotics

Horses aren't considered livestock and can be injected with hormones, antibiotics, and steroids not meant for human consumption.

I know you're just kidding, but I just wanted to get it on record why horse meat is being rejected as a consumable commodity for humans.

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Response to DreWId (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:54 AM

13. Thats a good point.

Otherwise, I was wondering why horse makes people squeamish, but cows are just meat piles, to be consumed with indifference.

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Response to DreWId (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:50 AM

14. Actually i was not kidding

Horse meat should be regulated by all means, like it is in the countries that do like it.

Personally I love horse meat. It is a leaner meat, while a population more attuned to beef may not care for it that much as beef, perhaps we all would be better off if we did.

There is a damned good reason antibiotics are used in livestock, and who would waste time on steroids on a herd.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:29 PM

4. I thought burgers just didn't taste the way they once did....

I haven't had a real good burger at a rest for about 10 years.

I had a good steak a while back but it cost $45...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:46 PM

5. Clever stuff

They're claiming by association that their burgers actually contain beef.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:52 PM

6. what are the new chicken nuggets made out of ? those things are disgusting

i liked the ones they had before, but the new ones are just gross.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:01 PM

7. Nasty

And this is why my misguided libertarian friends we need regulation, unless you like eating ground beef full of rat droppings

But then again this is fast food were taking about horse meat is the least of your concern. The crap they put into those chickens and burgers is made to get you addicted, you die from a heart attack and they profit.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:57 PM

8. Best meat in the NEIGHborhood!

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:23 PM

9. Nay, they'd never do that

would they ... yours made me

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:50 PM

11. One doesn't need a DNA test

Just a horse antigen capture assay will do.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:00 AM

12. I haven't had fast food in years.

This is why.

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