After a meat manufacturer discovered there were traces of horse meat in burgers, Burger King is testing its burgers for horse DNA.
BK is looking for all foreign DNA, but mainly horse meat, after its former supplier Silvercrest had sold meat containing equine DNA. Silvercrest sold the meat to other retailers, but not BK.
BK told its customers:
As we confirmed on 23rd of January, we transitioned all of our restaurants in the UK, Ireland and Denmark to other BURGER KING(R) approved suppliers from Germany and Italy as a precaution. These suppliers have provided DNA evidence to confirm their products are free of equine DNA. These are the product being sold in our restaurants today.
They are going to determine what "lessons can be learned and what additional measures, including DNA testing and enhanced traceability controls, can be taken to ensure that we continue to provide you with the quality products you expect from us," according to Diego Beamonte, vice president of Global Quality.