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Horsemeat Showing Up in European Beef Supply


This article is just one of many outing the huge scandal in Europe over news that several Irish meat processors have been selling beef that was up to 80% horse meat.

The companies in question have been more than horsing around.

New, more-sensitive testing methods have shown frozen burgers to contain horse DNA. So far, Silvercrest Foods, a unit of ABP Food Group, has been the most-exposed, with numerous retailers and foodservice clients dropping them like, well, a hot burger, including Tesco and Burger King. Now McAdams Foods and Freeza Meats have been implicated, though Freeza insists it was only storing the products for McAdams.

Talk about playing Hot Potato.

ABP has closed the Silvercrest plant and has pledged to be a “leader” in comprehensive DNA testing of its products.

While there are no known health risks to eating horse meat (unlike steers afflicted with Mad Cow Disease), consumers generally do not want their burgers to neigh or run a fast Trifecta.

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