Following reports from Europe of horsemeat in hamburger patties and frozen lasagna, the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding at the U of G-based Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) tested 15 sources of Canadian hamburger meat, six cooked and nine frozen. “This testing is something all Canadians should be proud of — knowing the hamburger meat they are buying is beef with no substitutes detected or additions,” said Paul Hebert, University of Guelph integrative biology professor and director of the BIO.
The six cooked hamburgers that were tested included: A&W Mama Burger, Burger King’s Whopper, Dairy Queen’s FlameThrower, Harvey’s Original, McDonald’s Big Mac and Wendy’s Bacon Double Cheeseburger. Additionally, uncooked, frozen hamburger patties were tested, they included: Beef Steakettes (Schneiders), Lick’s Homeburgers, M&M Meat Shops Supreme Homestyle Beef Burgers, No-Name Beef Burgers (Loblaws), Outlaw Beef Burgers (Schneiders), President’s Choice Thick and Juicy Beef Burgers, Webers Beef Burgers, fresh lean ground beef in a tube (Better Beef – Cargill) and Food Basics fresh lean ground beef. All products were made with 100-per-cent beef, with no other DNA sources.
This news follows the massive XL Foods Plant beef recall, which transpired last summer in Canada.