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Birds Eye and Taco Bell beef meals contained horse
The SUN - UK ^ | 03-01-13 | By STEVE HAWKES, Business Editor, and HARRY HAWKINS

Posted on 03/01/2013 10:55:17 AM PST by Red Badger

FOOD giants Birds Eye, Taco Bell and caterers Brakes all confirmed today that horsemeat has been found in their beef products.

BIRDS EYE confirmed two products withdrawn as a precaution last week have tested positive: a spaghetti bolognese and beef lasagne all made in Belgium.

US-owned TACO BELL has had to withdraw ground beef from its three Mexican-themed diners in the UK and nine in Spain.

The meat was used in its tacos, burritos, gorditas, chalupas and Nachos.

A spokesman admitted the chain knew LAST WEEK that there was a problem and withdrew the meat.

But it only decided to go public when the Food Standards Agency revealed the positive test today.

The suspect meat came from “Europe”, the spokesman said.

Ten tests on the products returned results of more than one per cent horsemeat, the agency said, and all have been withdrawn from sale.

Taco Bell has two restaurants in Essex and one in Manchester.

BRAKES BROTHERS which supplies schools and workplace eateries also confirmed horse had been found in its spicy minced beef skewers, lasagnes and a line of frozen burgers.

At the same time MCDONALD’S said all products on its fast-food menus were completely FREE from horse.

Taco Bell is owned by YUM BRANDS - which also runs Pizza Hut and KFC.

Its website boasts that the chain uses only “high quality ingredients” and “100 per cent premium beef”.

This is “seasoned with our signature recipe”.

In a statement the chain said: “We were very disappointed to learn that some batches of ground beef supplied to us tested positive for horsemeat.”

The tests are the latest blow for a food industry reeling from the Horsegate scandal - which erupted on January 15.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Germany; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: birdseye; domesticanimals; foodsupply; horse; horsemeat; taco; tacobell; yum
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Gallop for the border!...........
1 posted on 03/01/2013 10:55:30 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

I’ll take the El Grande Chalupa Caballo Platter please...


2 posted on 03/01/2013 10:57:42 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

And they didn’t charge extra? Kewl!


3 posted on 03/01/2013 10:58:21 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Red Badger
YIKES !!

Oh, Wilburrrrrrr

4 posted on 03/01/2013 10:58:33 AM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It’ll make it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: Red Badger

Why don’t we eat horse meat in the US?


5 posted on 03/01/2013 10:59:37 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Red Badger

Taco bell meat is mammals!!


6 posted on 03/01/2013 10:59:49 AM PST by posterchild (Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.)
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To: Red Badger

So....just change the labels to include horsemeat. No problema...With all of the spices Taco Belle could use Komodo Dragon meat and the average person couldn’t tell the meat origin in the Taco.


7 posted on 03/01/2013 11:00:12 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: svcw

Well, the native Indians ate them all and actually had none until the evil white man brought them back over.

I guess for the same reason we don’t eat dog, both are man’s best friend.


8 posted on 03/01/2013 11:05:28 AM PST by edcoil (Half of every class gratuates at the bottom, they are now politicians.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Are you a Gay Caballero?......

9 posted on 03/01/2013 11:05:40 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: vetvetdoug

Caution: May contain nuts, wheat, soy, milk products and horesmeat..........


10 posted on 03/01/2013 11:07:16 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: svcw

How do you know we don’t?..........


11 posted on 03/01/2013 11:08:11 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: vetvetdoug

We so seldom eat out these days, and I don’t buy frozen meat. If we do eat out, we choose where we go very careful.


12 posted on 03/01/2013 11:08:11 AM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: basil

Just beware of the 'secret sauce'.........

13 posted on 03/01/2013 11:10:42 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

Yes, more fallout from the Sequestration: now we’re eating Trigger, it’s only a matter of days before Rover ends up on the barbeque. Oh the humanity!


14 posted on 03/01/2013 11:13:18 AM PST by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: Red Badger

OHHH NOES, first “Pink Slime” and NOW THIS! :-(!


15 posted on 03/01/2013 11:19:20 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: svcw
Why don’t we eat horse meat in the US?

Because. We're in the US.
16 posted on 03/01/2013 11:20:02 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Made In The USA

Not SEQUESTRATION, EQUESTRATION!...............


17 posted on 03/01/2013 11:21:13 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: svcw

I would bet that virtually every non-vegan US citizen has unbeknownst to them, consumed horse meat in the last few years given all the “corner cutting” going on.


18 posted on 03/01/2013 11:21:13 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: posterchild

vegetarians can eat at taco bell without fear.


19 posted on 03/01/2013 11:25:36 AM PST by bravo whiskey (“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”)
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To: Red Badger
I am shocked. Taco Bell actually used meat? And the animal used had 4 legs? That would have been my last guess.
20 posted on 03/01/2013 11:26:01 AM PST by jjsheridan5
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