The 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?
by gr8d8n3momFebruary 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM
I got this reply from another forum:
It is illegal to process horse meat for human consumption in the U.S. In and for other countries it is perfectly acceptable to do so. Other countries do no look at food the same as people in the U.S. do as far as what is taboo to eat. All beef is not considered equal. Deer, cow, bison, antelope and other beef sources do taste differently. Fat content and what the animal eats as a regular diet makes the meat taste accordingly. The same for pork and fowl. But you can buy canned horse meat to feed to your dog or other animals in the U.S. We let our dog eat it during the winter months. And no I don't eat BK. Ewwww.
Darn. I googled about horse meat in this country and saw where Obama signed a bill in 2011 saying it's ok to process for humans to eat it in this country. Why does that not surprise me. Bet he wouldn't eat it.
My thoughts are why is this a big deal? I mean I guess if I was in the UK I'd be a bit more concerned. Or even if the US Burger King's were using the same plant for their burgers. However it's not. The US Burger King's get their hamburger meat from processing plants in the US.
February 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM
I don't eat BK- but I do have horses. And no, I don't eat horse meat. I know some countries do however, I give my horses injections for things like flu-rabies-arthritis etc..etc.. and they get wormed 4 times a year. I know that cattle get shots (?) but I wonder if the horses get things that human shouldn't consume?