Here’s Why Some People Got Scared Off Eating BK Whoppers.
Warning: If you are about to eat or have a sensitive stomach, you might want to wait on reading this post.
Burger King, or BK, is one of the world's most famous fast food restaurants. Perhaps its status is what makes it so vulnerable to controversy.
Let's begin by looking at its signature menu item created by co-founder James McLamore in 1957, the Whopper Sandwich.
Inside, you'll find a flame grilled quarter pound beef patty, a sesame bun, lettuce, tomato, pickles, sliced onion, and a few condiments. Don't like any of these things? You can 'Have it your way' by customizing your order, and you can always count on the quality and taste to match every time. Or can you?
Last year, a series of media sites reported that despite their claim to use 100% beef in their patties, Burger King admitted to adding an unsavory ingredient in their patties as fillers: horsemeat.
For the love of the Whopper, we're telling you now that these reports are twisted. Yes, horse DNA was indeed found in some beef products by a supplier that Burger King worked with. Once news broke out about the contamination, the fast food company dropped them.
Continue reading to find out how such a scandalous rumor made waves across the Web.
Created in 1957, the Whopper is one of the most classic burgers out there.
'Have It Your Way'
Here's how it's evolved over time to match food trends. Today, low-carb diets are growing in popularity, so there are more and more people ordering the burger without the bun.
A Creative Spin: Black Buns
That's right. There is such thing as a whopper with black buns, and they were available in Japan (Kuro Diamond and Kuro Pearl) to promote Pirates of the Caribbean and in the U.S. around Halloween.
A regular Whopper sandwich is about 260 grams and 630 calories. In the ingredients section, it specifically reads '100% USDA inspected Ground Beef (Fire-Grilled)' for WHOPPER® PATTIES and HAMBURGER PATTIES.
The Horsemeat Scandal
In late 2012, equine, or horse, DNA was discovered in some of the beef patties manufactured by the Silvercrest plant in Ireland for Tesco. Retailers informed of this withdrew their products, announcing shortages rather than serving the contaminated items.
An investigation of Silvercrest concluded that there was no evidence showing that the company knowingly purchased the meat this way.
Philip Fitzpatrick / PA Archive
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