Burger King Says No to Horsemeat

Prepare for a Whopper shortage.
Prepare for a Whopper shortage. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Nobody wants a Whopper to evoke memories of Mister Ed. Silvercrest Foods, a meat supplier for Burger King’s U.K. and Ireland outposts, recalled 10 million burgers from supermarket shelves last week after finding traces of horse DNA. Now the fast-food chain’s refusing to buy any more “beef” from Silvercrest, and it could result in a temporary shortage of burgers. This isn’t the first scare for the Brits: A test recently revealed that Tesco’s hamburgers are 29 percent horsemeat. Burger King attests that this isn’t a food-safety issue, but an environmentalist claims that horses slaughtered in England last year tested positive for phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory drug given to horses that can cause cancer in humans. The Food Standards Agency confirmed that horses were indeed doped, but insisted that the horsemeat in this scandal was clean. Though that’s what Lance said. [AP, Earlier]