Horsemeat has been found in burgers onsale in Spanish supermarkets, according to consumer group OCU, who have also published an analysis of the quality of the meat inside supermarket frozen burgers. Seems they aren’t too keen on them.
They analysis 20 supermarket ownbrand burgers and found horse DNA inside those from Eroski and Alipende.
“not illegal” comments OCU, “but certainly false advertising”.
16 of the burgers contained high levels of sulphates, an additive designed to keep the burgers looking fresh and kill bacteria. Sulphates can cause digestive problems if you have too much of them, or are allergic – but by calling the ingredients “burger meat” the companies can legally stuff what they want in the burgers without having to tell you what’s in them.
Several of the burgers were over 25% fat (not that anyone on a diet should be eating burgers) and most had more than 1% salt, an “excessive level” according to OCU.