The Straits Times
Published on Feb 01, 2013

Burger King UK finds horse DNA in patties


LONDON (REUTERS) - Fast food chain Burger King said traces of horse DNA were found in samples of patties from a food-processing plant in Ireland but that the meat never reached its eateries.

"Four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA.

This product was never sold to our restaurants," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

"They promised to deliver 100 per cent British and Irish beef patties and have not done so." Burger King previously dropped the firm, which had been approved to supply burgers to its restaurants in Britain, Ireland and Denmark.