Burger King Worldwide Concludes Investigation of Silvercrest Foods

      Burger King Worldwide Concludes Investigation of Silvercrest Foods

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 31, 2013

LONDON, January 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

We know there has been concern regarding one of our former suppliers,
Silvercrest Foods, and we want to thank our guests for their patience and
understanding while we completed our investigation.

You wanted answers and so did we.

Earlier this month, we were notified that Silvercrest was under investigation
for potential contamination of some retail products. At that time, they were
approved to supply 100% Irish and British beef patties for BURGER KING®
restaurants in the UK, Ireland and Denmark.

Despite assurances from them that our products were not implicated, we
immediately launched our own internal investigation, which included scientific
testing, inspection of the Silvercrest facility and scrutiny of traceability

As we confirmed on 23 ^rd of January, we transitioned all of our restaurants
in the UK, Ireland and Denmark to other BURGER KING® approved suppliers from
Germany and Italy as a precaution. These suppliers have provided DNA evidence
to confirm their products are free of equine DNA. These are the product being
sold in our restaurants today.

Following the conclusion of our investigation:

Our independent DNA tests results on product taken from BURGER KING ^®
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. This product was never sold to our restaurants.

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 & Irish beef patties and have not done so.
This is a clear violation of our specifications, and we have terminated our
relationship with them. Through our investigation, we have confirmed that
this non-approved Polish supplier is the same company identified by the Irish
Department of Agriculture as the source of Silvercrest's contamination issue.

Diego Beamonte, vice president, Global Quality, Burger King Corporation , 
said, "While the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has stated that this is not
a food safety issue, we are deeply troubled by the findings of our
investigation and apologise to our guests, who trust us to source only the
highest quality 100% beef burgers. Our supplier has failed us and in turn we
have failed you. We are committed to ensuring that this does not happen again.

"We will dedicate ourselves to determining what lessons can be learned and
what additional measures, including DNA testing and enhanced traceability
controls, can be taken to ensure that we continue to provide you with the
quality products you expect from us."

We remain committed to identifying suppliers that can produce 100% pure Irish
and British beef products for us that meet our high quality standards.

Notes to Editors


Founded in 1954, BURGER KING ^® (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food
hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER ^® , the BURGER
KING ^® system operates in over 12,600 locations serving over 11 million
guests daily in 83 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 95
percent of BURGER KING ^® restaurants are owned and operated by independent
franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business
for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the
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