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.
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?
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.
I think what I find most wired about this article is that in Europe they eat horse meat, and in France at least, it's considered kind of special. But yes, I eat at burger king I used to work there too, and sometimes I just need some greasy mystery meat
It just bothers me when meat has to come from so far away though. That's why I prefer to buy my meat locally, where I know where it came from. I get my beef from a local farm -- I went in on a steer with some friends and they had it butchered there. That way it doesn't have to come from another country or even another state. And I don't have to worry as much about what might have happened during processing.
The meat that is being recalled is being used in their restaurants and sold in grocery stores in Britain and Ireland. Thus why they were using a processing plant in Ireland.
I don't eat there. I think it's disgusting that the meat comes from so far away with so much processing and they don't even know what's in it.