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MIAMI, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Burger King will reportedly test its meat to make sure it is 100 percent beef after horse DNA was found in beef products from one of its food processors.

Diego Beamonte, Burger King’s vice president of global quality, told Bloomberg Businessweek that “details for DNA testing have not been worked out, and no timeline has been set for implementing the new procedures.”

Burger King addressed this topic after it was disclosed that Silvercrest Foods sold beef products containing horse meat to other retailers.

According to the company’s statement to PR Newsire, Burger King says it will test specifically for equine DNA.

Burger King told Businessweek that it dropped dealings with Silvercrest after learning that meat supplied by the distribution company contained horse meat. Burger King went on to say that product from Silvercrest was never sold in their stores.

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Horsemeat scandal: 'fresh beef' discovery as tests overwhelm laboratories

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Asda has withdrawn its fresh beef bolognese sauce from stores across the country after tests for horse DNA came back positive. Photograph: Alamy

Ministers are struggling to reassure consumers over the horsemeat scandal after tests revealed potentially dangerous contamination of meat with veterinary drugs and Asda confirmed the first trace of horse had been found in a fresh beef product.

Overwhelmed laboratories are warning that the industry may not fully comply with Friday's deadline for completing tests for horse in all beef products, raising the prospect that the government will be unable to give British food a clean bill of health for days.

Medical risks from eating horse containing the equine painkiller phenylbutazone, or bute, are said to be very low but David Heath, the food minister, revealed on Thursday that eight horses slaughtered for food in the UK had tested positive. Six of those carcasses had been exported to France for use in human food in the last few weeks, according to the Food Standards Agency, but efforts were being made to recall them.

The Guardian has also learned that two positive tests for bute in 2012 were not reported to the Food Standards Authority (FSA) for seven months.

On Thursday police arrested three men on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act as part of their investigation into the mis-selling of horsemeat as beef. Dyfed Powys police said they were being held at Aberystwyth police station following arrests at abattoirs in Wales and Yorkshire.

One of the men was named as Dafydd Raw-Rees, 64, the owner of Farmbox Meats Ltd near Aberystwyth, who was held with a 42-year-old man. A third man, aged 63, was arrested at the Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse in West Yorkshire. The FSA suspended operations at both sites after raids at the premises on Tuesday on suspicion that the plants sold horsemeat for use in burgers and kebabs.

In a further sign of the severe damage the horsemeat scandal has caused to consumer confidence, 11 of the UK's biggest food suppliers, including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, the Co-operative, the Compass group and Brakes, issued a public letter on Fridayin which they stated they shared food shoppers' "anger and outrage", although the letter stopped short of an apology.

"We are working around the clock to complete the most comprehensive testing of processed beef products ever undertaken, anywhere in the world," it said. "We will do whatever it takes to restore public confidence in the food they buy and eat."

Asda has withdrawn its fresh beef bolognese sauce after tests for horse DNA came back positive. It is the first time since the horsemeat scandal unfolded that horse DNA has been found in fresh produce.

The supplier, Greencore, based in Bristol, also provides beef to Sainsbury's and pork to the Co-operative but both companies are keeping products containing the meat on the shelves.

Asda has removed the Chosen By You 350g Beef Bolognese Sauce from stores across the country along with beef broth soup, meat feast pasta sauces and chili con carne soup, also from Greencore, as a precaution.

Asda said: "As you'd expect, we are withdrawing the beef bolognese sauce from our shelves with immediate effect. In line with the belt-and-braces approach we've taken from the start, we're also withdrawing three other products from the same supplier as a precaution."

Sainsbury's said it would keep two own-brand bolognese sauces supplied by Greencore on its shelves because the meat used by Asda is from Ireland, while its meat is from Britain. It added: "We have already carried out tests on a range of our beef products including burgers, ready meals and minced meat and no trace of horse DNA has been found in any of our products."

The Co-op said products supplied by Greencore were still being sold.

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Horsemeat scandal draws in Nestlé

The escalating horsemeat scandal has ensnared two of the biggest names in the food industry, Nestlé, the world’s number-one food maker, and JBS, the largest beef producer by sales.

Switzerland-based Nestlé on Monday removed pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain and suspended deliveries of all processed products containing meat from German supplier, H.J. Schypke, after tests revealed traces of horse DNA above 1 per cent. Nestlé said it had informed the authorities.

H.J. Schypke was subcontracted by JBS Toledo, part of Brazil-based JBS, which claims on its website “to supply the ready meals and catering industry with only the highest quality processed meat without concessions. From the selection of animals to the final packing, every facet of the production flow meets the most exacting requirements.”

JBS late on Monday moved to distance itself from the scandal, saying none of the tainted products came from its factories and clarifying that H.J. Schypke “is not in any way part of the JBS Group”.

Nestlé withdrew two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini from sale in Italy and Spain. Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen meat product for catering businesses produced in France, will also be withdrawn.

“We are also enhancing our existing comprehensive quality assurance programme by adding new tests on beef for horse DNA prior to production in Europe,” said Nestlé, which just last week said products under its labels were not affected.

The withdrawal came as the UK and Germany pledged to step up testing. In the UK senior retailers and manufacturers, at a meeting with Owen Paterson, UK environment secretary, pledged to continue testing after the initial scrutiny of beef products, which should be completed in the next two weeks.

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Nestle drawn into Europe's horsemeat scandal

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Nestle SA CH:NESN +1.51% , the world's largest food company, is the latest firm to be drawn into Europe's horsemeat scandal after tests found traces of horse DNA in two of its products. Nestle late Monday said it was removing two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, from shelves in Italy and Spain immediately, and will also withdraw a frozen meat product for catering businesses.

Its been used for years in the food industry they just got busted now. So now they will have an excuse for making stricter rules/laws for farmers and producers which will make even more bureaucracy which will make everything more expensive. And why? Because the media and state health departments made people hysterical over something they have been consuming all along without knowing it. Horsemeats has often been added to beef because minced beef has a tendency to get dry when preparred if just a little horsemeat is added that problem is avoided. 

What has happened here in Denmark is that so many people got fed up with the hype and stories (just for once) that now they have bought all the horsemeat so now you cant get it due to a sudden demand. :-) 

w/ all the horsing around, changed discussion title due to the rise in equine variety of "food" choices

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