Horse meat found in Tesco burgers

16 January 2013

Ever fancied eating horse meat? Maybe you already did. That’s because ithas emerged that some beefburgers on sale in the UK and Ireland have somehow been contaminated with horsemeat.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said the meat had come from two processing plants in the Irish Republic - Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, as well as the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Yorkshire.

The equine-flavoured burgers had been on sale in Tesco and Iceland in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, where they were also on sale in Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Aldi.

In one sample of the burgers sold in Tesco, 29% of the meat content was found to have been horsemeat. Tesco had two frozen burger products sold in the UK that were contaminated with horse DNA – which could mean anything really.

The offending burgers have now been pulled from sale and it has been revealed that there is no risk to human health. Of course there isn’t – it’s only a bit of horse.

If that wasn’t enough, 31 beef meal products, including cottage pie and lasagne, contained pig DNA, not great news for those who decline from eating pig for religious reasons.

But should we be all that bothered? The French eat plenty of horsemeat so why shouldn’t we? If some ‘artisan meat specialist’ banged out an overpriced horse burger, surely plenty of hipsters would be all over it, yes? Tell us your thoughts or phone our helpline if you’ve been affected by the issues in this story.

UPDATE: Asda have said that they're withdrawing certain burgers from their stores 'as a precaution'.

TOPICS:   High Street News


  • delbert
    Whats the problem? Both cows and horses stand around in fields eating grass. Only difference is that cows have been bred for good eating... Chow down dudes.
  • Simply s.
    Mmmmmmm Shergar burger
  • Mr M.
    Can't see a problem with horse meat, It's all just animal flesh, some with a nicer taste than others. Pig meat isn't such a big deal tbh, unless the beef meals were marketed as halal or kosher then they shouldn't be eating them in the first place.
  • Inspector G.
    The problem is that horse shouldn't be in the chain, how did it get in there> Anyway, on with the could have it as your 'maine' course?
  • sanity
  • boboskins
    I've bought a job lot of these burgers for a new restaurant , Shergar King
  • GibsonSt19
    I've heard of having a burger 'Au Cheval', but wouldn't expect this. I personally don't have a problem with it though, and it I suppose what's stopping them containing 'man meat' or 'puppy pulp'?
  • OoOoooH Y.
    Blooming hell, is the IRA now supplying horsemeat to the food producers, is there no market that they haven't touched or tried to kill of the English Neigh bother its food and I'll eat it anyway
  • Jonjo O.
    A top supermarket revealed that in a recent blind taste test its horse contaminated beef burgers beat 100% beef burgers - by a nose
  • Idi A.
    I've eaten horse steak in France. It was okay.
  • Michael O.
    For accuracy it was horse DNA, not meat. So it could have been horse semen, blood or brain/spinal tissue. Phew!
  • Ronald
    Yeah, there's nothing wrong with horse meat - it's tasty and relatively lean. The problem is that meat is supposed to be traceable ... we don't know whether it was a horse raised for human consumption, or some old nag which dropped dead through disease. Plus, when I buy a burger I'm paying for premium cow scrotum, not whatever they feel like chucking in.
  • chadwell
    This story came straight from the horses was horses going into peoples mouths...
  • craig
    dont see issue with it tbh, chocolates made in but factory,also may contain nuts. cows from a farm with horses,also may contain horse. just needs a new label.
  • Lord F.
    The Aldi beef/horse burgers were quite nice actually, however if one prefers something a little more gamey in taste then I'd go for the My Lidl Pony burgers everytime.
  • Chewbacca
    The funniest thing is the foreigners going mental about the pork content in case they offend their fairy god. Fucking hilarious...
  • Aunt B.
    Just checked the freezer and I have a pack of these Tesco burgers Aaaand there off..........
  • Mark W.
    I ate a Tesco burger last night. I still have a bit between my teeth.

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