Burger King Finds Horse Meat in Some of Its 'Beef' Burgers

burgerThe news that over 10 million burgers were recalled due to the possibility they contained horse meat just got a little hairier. While it's only affecting our friends across the pond -- supposedly we're eating strictly horse-free burgers stateside -- it's nevertheless disheartening to hear that Burger King, a venerable fast food joint many of us love, discovered some horse-tainted meat at one of their processing plants.

They tested for horse DNA (equine DNA, if you're fancy like that) at some of their local restaurants and the results came back negative -- it was only at their processing plant where the tainted meat was discovered.

Apparently, the vendor they used for their U.K. sourced beef was surreptitiously receiving meat from a Polish plant that supplemented their patties with horse meat. One out of every 27 patties from that Polish plant was, wait for it, 29 percent horse meat.

Granted, horse meat isn't dangerous nor especially unhealthy -- it's just, when you eat a burger, you expect it to be all cow with perhaps a rogue rubber glove or human finger inside, but never horse. It's not a food safety issue, it's more of a food tasty-like-horsey issue.

But hey, think of the bright side. Had Burger King found equine meat burgers in their restaurants, they could've served up some sliders called horse d'oeuvres.

Ba dum, ching!

What are your thoughts on this horse meat scandal?


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tuffy... tuffymama

Horse meat should be the least of your concerns if you eat fast food.

Ruthi... RuthieB210

Horse meat? What a surprise. One of the first things the president did was allow horses to be slaughtered for meat. He has continued to undermine everything that is American since then.

Angie... AngieHayes

So it is American to eat cow but not horse....

Rosas... RosasMummy

I really do not get what the big deal is with all this horse meat in burger stuff? Y do people care?

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Cows, horses, what's the difference? I've never understood why people will willingly eat one animal but not another.

Angie... AngieHayes

I read an article one time about a guy who raised cats and ate them, he was good to the animals and gave them great lives before slaughtering them. They made him move to Canada, people were so upset about the whole thing...  

Cows, cats, chickens, horses, dogs... they are all animals who I think don't deserve to die.

sunmo... sunmoonandstar

This isn't even in the US. But still, thanks, Obama! Ugh.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

considering how in Europe, they eat horse meat I wonder why they are so shocked.  course this did remind me of a place I used to ride horses at with a slaughterhouse next to it and a burger joint next to that.  the burgers were pretty tasty too come to think of it...

nonmember avatar Patrick O,brien

New breakfast sandwiteh - Sea Bisket with horse radish.

New lunch sandwiteh - Triple Crown Whopper.

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