Burger King Drops Horse Meat Firm; 3 Other Disturbing Fast Food Discoveries

By Staff Reporter on January 24, 2013 2:49 PM EST

After an Irish food safety watchdog group discovered the illegal use of horse meat in burgers, Burger King dropped the supplier and removed half of its menu from its UK restaurants. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)
After an Irish food safety watchdog group discovered the illegal use of horse meat in burgers, Burger King dropped the supplier and removed half of its menu from its UK restaurants. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Burger King suffered a PR nightmare when an Irish safety group discovered that ABP Food Group's Irish subsidiary, Silvercrest, possessed beef products that contained trace amounts of horse and pig meat. Silvercrest is a beef supplier for fast food chain Burger King.

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According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the potential presence of horse meat in beef "is not a food safety issue." That said, the idea of what should have been pure beef is tainted as a serious cause for concern.

In fact, angered Burger King patrons in the UK even commented on the chain's Facebook.

"I remember paying for a BEEF burger, not a HORSE burger!!!" said one commenter.

Responding to the alarming investigation, Burger King dropped all ties with the horse meat firm. In fact, some of Burger King's menu items have now become "temporarily unavailable" due to the abrupt discontinuation from the meat supplier.

"We are working diligently to identify suppliers that can produce 100 percent pure Irish and British beef products that meet our high quality standards," Burger King UK said in a statement.

The statement continued.

"Food quality and safety are a top priority for Burger King restaurants globally. We have stringent and overlapping controls to ensure that the products we sell our customers meet our strict quality standards."

Beyond Burger King, a number of UK supermarket retailers also receive their beef products from Silvercrest. Supermarket Tesco also formed a public apology after learning about Silvercrest's horse meat contamination. The company offered a full refund and pulled all Silvercrest beef products from the shelf.

Here are three other shocking fast food discoveries.

1. Kentucky Fried Brain


A KFC in Essex, England, served a "wrinkled" piece of fried chicken that looked like a whole piece of brain. Ibraham Langoo took a picture of the disgusting piece of "Kentucky Fried Brain" and the photo quickly went viral. A KFC spokesperson responded.

"Although we haven't received the product, it appears from a photograph that unfortunately on this occasion a kidney, and not a brain as claimed, was not removed in the preparation process. We're very sorry about Mr Langoo's experience and while there was no health risk, we agree it was unsightly."

2. Pink Slime Nuggets

McDonald's chicken McNuggets is probably the most disgusting thing you can possible eat. While the final product may look appetizing, the pink slime shown above is about 4,000 chicken nuggets worth of compressed and crushed chicken parts. An entire chicken is smashed through a sieve, bones, eyes, guts and all. Due to the bacteria, the recipe also includes ammonia to kill the bacteria and then artificial flavoring to cover the taste. Finally, the pink meat is dyed white to look more appealing.

3. Wendy's 'Sandy' Chili

What is Wendy's secret ingredient in its famous chili bowl? Sand. Wendy's uses silicon dioxide as an "anti-caking agent" to stabilize the texture of the chili. Thanks to the silicone dioxide "sand," the chili can be placed over a heater for an extended length of time.

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