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Burger King reveals its burgers were contaminated in horsemeat scandal

January 31, 2013
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Source: Guardian

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Burger King has revealed that some of its burgers were contaminated in the horsemeat scare, as the tainted food crisis threatened to undermine the confidence of consumers, and major retailers tried to protect their reputations.

The fast food company, whose products were not tested in the food standards checks by Irish authorities that sparked the furore earlier this month, moved production from the Silvercrest plant in Ireland to Germany and Italy as a precaution. On Thursday night it said test results at the plant revealed "very small trace levels" of horse DNA in its products, but burgers taken from restaurants had tested negative.

As governments in Ireland, the UK and Poland, where a supplier used by Silvercrest for a year is thought be the source of the contamination, continued their urgent investigations, Burger King admitted that contrary to previous assurances made to it by Silvercrest, they too have been now been linked to the scandal. Authorities insist there is no health danger to consumers.

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