Fast-food chain McDonald's has escaped the horse meat scandal with a clean bill of health, it has confirmed.
Warren Anderson, vice-president, supply chain, at McDonald's UK, who spoke on the final day of the National Farmers Union Conference on how farming delivers for consumers, said: "Since reports first broke last month that horse meat had been found in a number of food products, some of the biggest businesses and their supply chains have been under intense scrutiny.
"Ours has not and that is thanks to the historical investment we've made and continue to make in keeping our supply chain simple, transparent and based around long-term supplier relationships that deliver an uncompromising stance on quality.
"The horse meat revelations have taught some in the food industry a salutary lesson. They will also feed consumers' ever-growing interest in food provenance and heighten the critical eye they apply to what is going into their trolleys and on to their plates.
"At McDonald's, we have built a first-class supply chain over almost 40 years, based on long-term relationships with our trusted suppliers. We use only whole cuts of British and Irish beef, sourced from traceable, quality-assured farms. Our burgers are made from 100 per cent beef with nothing added except a pinch of salt and pepper after cooking. We don't use any binders, fillers or trimmings in our burgers."