The Straits Times
Published on Jan 24, 2013

Burger King drops firm which supplied horse meat


LONDON (REUTERS) - Burger King, one of the most popular fast-food chains in Britain and Ireland, said on Thursday it had stopped using one of the firms caught up in the scandal of supplying grocers with beef that contained horse meat.

The British food industry has been rocked by the revelation last week that retailers, including market leader Tesco and smaller chains Aldi, Lidl and Iceland, sold beef products that contained horse meat.

The scandal has left Ireland's 2 billion-euro (S$3.3 billion) beef industry, which accounts for 21 per cent of all of the country's food and drink exports, reeling from the first major knock-on effect from the discovery.

Food safety experts say horse meat poses no added health risks to consumers, but the discovery has raised concerns about the food supply chain and the ability to trace meat ingredients.