Food and farming minister David Heath said: “Obviously somewhere along the line the burgers were contaminated with cow meat. This is highly unnacceptable and heads will roll for this.
He added: “This is an absolutely unacceptable situation and to think for one second that an ounce of cow meat got into a burger full of horse, donkey, raccoon, skunk, pork, giraffe, jackal, rat, cat and dog meat makes me sick to the core.“
Alfie Nocks, a factory worker, 42, from Hartlepool was disgusted at the news: “When I heard off the telly that the burgers I been eating had cow meat in ’em I chundered over the missus. Everything else mate, but not cow, innit!”
All burgers in the UK have now been recalled as of yesterday.