Mar 01, 2013 05:51 PM EST
Taco Bell Latest Franchise Involved in British Horsemeat Scandal
Britain's horse meat nightmare got even worse today, as Taco Bell became the latest addition to stores that were found to have horse meat in their food, MSN reports.
The horse meat problem started last month when it was found that British Lasagna products, that were said to be processed beef, contained up to 100 percent horse meat. The scandal has worsened over the past few weeks with Burger King (the whopper) , Wal-Mart (beef Bolognese), Nestle (pasta products) and Ikea (meatballs and sausages) joining the list.
Britain's Food Standards Agency added Taco Bell to the list when they found trace amounts of horse meat in the ground beef. According to the report, Taco Bell has released a statement saying that will conducting their own tests, and they have pulled back their stock of beef from the European plant that the tainted batch came from.
The scandal has clearly created fear and a sense of distrust in the British people. MSN reported, "According to market research firm Kantar, frozen hamburger sales in the U.K. have dropped 43% since the horse meat scandal broke. Wal-Mart's sales also took a hit after its stores pulled tainted products."
Currently the problem has just been discovered across the pond, and, at least for now, Americans don't have to worry.
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