After two weeks of emphatic denials, Burger King has finally admitted putting horse meat in their hamburgers. They have over 500 outlets across the UK and have been insisting that it was an outrageous lie. But it wasn't, the unthinkable is actually true.
The contaminated burgers were made by the Irish-based processing company, Silvercrest, which is part of the ABP Foods Group. They have been using non-approved ingredients in the burgers which include meat off-cuts, including horse, that were imported from Poland. They also supply burgers to the huge British supermarket chain Tesco. Tesco Everyday Beefburgers were removed from shelves after they were found to contain 29 per cent horse meat.
Yesterday, Burger King vice president Diego Beamonte said "Our supplier has failed us and in turn, we have failed you, we are committed to ensuring that this does not happen again."
Aldi admitted that burgers sold through its UK stores were also likely to be contaminated and their supplier was British, Dalepak, based in North Yorkshire.
So are we far enough away from Europe, tucked away safely at the bottom of the world, that we need not worry about our burgers being contaminated with horse meat? Let's hope so, because to date, there has been no testing of Aldi or Hungry Jack's hamburgers, as far as I know.
Aldi stores are well established throughout Australia, but we don't have Burger King, instead we have Hungry Jacks.
Way back in 2001, Jack Cowin, a Canadian/Australian businessman, began legal proceedings against Burger King Corporation, claiming they had violated the franchising agreement and were in breach of contract. The Supreme Court of NSW agreed with him and awarded him $46.9 million. Mr Cowan changed the name from Burger King to Hungry Jacks.
I just had a thought, they eat horses in Belgium, don't they?