Irish burger supplier in horsemeat scandal loses Burger King contract

Thu, 24/01/2013 - 16:55 -- Editor

Burger King has announced it has cancelled its supply contract with the Irish beef supplier that delivered burgers containing horse meat to Tesco.

The Monaghan-based ABP Food Group have said that Burger King has cancelled its contract with them as a precaution, and said there is no evidence that products it supplied to Burger King had horsemeat content.

The move follows the discovery earlier this month by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) of horse DNA in burgers being shipped to UK and Irish supermarkets.

The FSAI said the meat came from two processing plants in Ireland, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Yorkshire.

The burgers were on sale in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland.

A total of 27 products were analysed, with 10 of them containing horse DNA and 23 containing pig DNA.

However, in one sample from Tesco, the level of horse DNA indicated that horsemeat accounted for approximately 29% relative to the beef content, the FSAI said.

The FSAI has stated that while the products posed no danger to the public, consumers in Ireland and the UK do not have a culture of eating horsemeat and therefore would not expect to find it in their burgers.

The retailers have since removed the products concerned from their shelves.