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This Week in Food News: The Bizarre Edition

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Photo by Andrew Wyman

Photo by Andrew Wyman

This week’s news headlines raised more than a few eyebrows. From Burger King’s horsemeat scandal to Applebee’s receipt controversy, here are the food news stories that are making rounds this week:

Burger King has recently admitted that some of their burgers sold in Ireland and the U.K. were contaminated with horsemeat.  A recent DNA test revealed that Burger King’s food processor, Silvercrest plant in Ireland, sold beef products containing horsemeat to retailers. Since making this discovery, Burger King has moved production from Ireland to Germany and Italy, and severed ties with Silvercrest plant. While traces of horsemeat have been found at the Silvercrest plant, the restaurant products that have undergone testing have not revealed any traces of horse DNA. Rest assured, burger lovers: authorities have made it clear that the horsemeat-tainted burgers do not pose a health risk to consumers.

An Applebee’s waitress was fired after sharing a photograph of a customer’s receipt on Reddit. The receipt, which included an 18 percent gratuity, was returned to the waitress with a note from a self-described pastor that read, “I give God 10%, why should you get 18.”  After posting a photograph of the receipt to Reddit, the post quickly went viral. It wasn’t long before Redditors took to the task of deciphering the pastor’s signature, and searching through Facebook profiles to find the customer. The waitress refused to confirm the customer’s identity, and maintains that she shared the photograph with no ill intentions. However, the situation quickly spiraled out of her control when the customer caught wind of the post. The pastor contacted the restaurant and demanded the termination of all employees involved, leading to the waitress’s termination. Readers, do you agree or disagree with Applebee’s actions?

With the Super Bowl creeping up, chicken wings–a staple at Super Bowl parties–are flying off the shelves. For Dewayne Patterson and Renaldo Jackson, their sights were set on a little more than the usual amount. Patterson and Jackson were recently caught stealing $65K worth of chicken wings. The two men, who were employees at Nordic Cold Storage in Doraville, GA, allegedly forklifted 10 pallets of Tyson frozen chicken wings from their employer’s cold storage unit into an Enterprise rental truck. The men were arrested and charged with one count of felony theft by taking.

  • Gia Wong

    Horse or cow meat tastes great if cooked correctly and both animals make wonderful pets, one of them is not better than the other, so I just don’t see why horse meat is considered “contamination” …..canned corned beef use to be horse meat with a politically correct name thrown on the can….silly people

  • Philos

    I don’t agree with the pastor’s actions. I think his church ought to fire him.

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