Horsemeat

Food and Dining
12:43 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Horsemeat in Burgers Horrifies United Kingdom

Camelot, the 2012 Epsom Derby winner, who has not been slaughtered for horsemeat.
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LONDON — In Britain, a horse is a horse — not a main course.

Tesco, the country's biggest supermarket chain, took out full-page newspaper ads Thursday to apologize for an unwanted ingredient in some of its hamburgers: horsemeat.

Ten million burgers have been taken off shop shelves after the revelation that beef products from three companies in Ireland and Britain contained horse DNA. Most had only small traces, but one type of burger sold by Tesco was 29 percent horse. The contrite grocer told customers that "we and our supplier have let you down and we apologize."

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