In a surprising and unsettling statement, Burger King admits to horse meat possibly tainting burgers sold in both the U.K. and Ireland recently.
It's just the latest chapter in an ongoing scandal in the two nations involving beef burger patties allegedly containing meat from horses and pigs.
It's suspected that a meat distributor in Poland, which works with Burger King and other supermarket chains, used meats other than beef as filler in cheap burgers.
Burger King had originally stressed, in the face of the scandal, that its patties are made with 100 percent beef, a claim that was apparently disproved.
However, BK later dropped Silvercrest, the food processing plant that received meat from the Polish distributor, all but confirming the horse meat scandal.
The Guardian has a statement from Burger King stating: "Our independent DNA test results on product taken from 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."
"Within the last 36 hours, we have established that Silvercrest used a small percentage of beef imported from a non-approved supplier in Poland."
"They promised to deliver 100% British and Irish beef patties and have not done so. This is a clear violation of our specifications, and we have terminated our relationship with them."
In other words, there is no evidence proving that Burger King ever served horsemeat, but the company admits that some of its locations may have inadvertently done so.
Additionally, UK officials have stressed that the horsemeat-tainted burgers do not pose a health risk to consumers, but still, not exactly positive PR.
When you go to BK, you're probably not craving a horse burger. Kinda makes you wanna stay home and just make a king ranch chicken recipe instead.