As Burger King admits to horse meat being in its burgers we now turn to considering the question of how dangerous these burgers might be to your health if accidentally consumed.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Burger King admitted that one of its meat suppliers, Silvercrest Food, accidentally sent meat tainted with trace amounts of horse and pig DNA to grocery stores in England, where the human consumption of horse meat is legal. According to the NY Daily News, Burger King believes none of the tainted meat was sold as burgers but they are still taking precautions in reaction to customer's horror:
"As we confirmed on 23rd of January, we transitioned all of our restaurants in the UK, Ireland and Denmark to other [Burger King] approved suppliers from Germany and Italy as a precaution. These suppliers have provided DNA evidence to confirm their products are free of equine DNA. These are the product being sold in our restaurants today. Our independent DNA tests results on product taken from [Burger King] restaurants were negative for any equine DNA. However, four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA. This product was never sold to our restaurants."But why is Burger King admitting to horse meat such a big deal? As the International Science Times reports, consuming horse meat in your burgers could potentially have some adverse effects:
"The most common pharmacological concern when it comes to horse meat is an anti-inflammatory drug called phenylbutazone, or 'bute.' Whatever the exact lineup of drugs administered, many racehorses receive a steady dosage of bute. For all its effectiveness in treating horse pain, however, bute, a carcinogen, is strongly linked with bone marrow and liver problems in humans. In fact, the danger it poses is so acute that the FDA has banned its use in animals intended for human consumption because, according to one peer-reviewed study in Food and Chemical Toxicology, 'it causes serious and lethal idiosyncratic adverse effects in humans.'"As Burger King admits to horse meat being in trace amounts in its meat supplier, will this cause you to have a second thought when a sudden craving for a BK burger hits you?