Burger chain denies ‘human meat’
Dairy Queen has had to oddly clarify the store's food does not contain "human meat" after one of its South Carolina restaurants was swarmed by federal agents last week, sparking gruesome rumours online.
"At Dairy Queen, we are very proud of our 100 per cent beef hamburgers," the fast-food chain tweeted on Friday. "We serve a high-quality hamburger with no additives or fillers."
The statement was in response to a news story published by the Index-Journal, of Greenwood, South Carolina, reporting that someone complained about "human meat being inside a burger" at the local Dairy Queen.
Manager Saif Momin said around 9.30am on Wednesday federal agents from the FBI and Homeland Security, as well as local South Carolina officials, appeared at the store in Greenwood. He then told the news outlet a corporate inspector told him someone complained there was "human meat" in a burger.
Hi Matthew! At DAIRY QUEEN, we are very proud of our 100% beef hamburgers. We serve a high-quality hamburger with no additives or fillers.— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) August 23, 2019
In reality, the raid had nothing to do with Dairy Queen's hamburgers, and two people were arrested for allegedly running an unlicensed money-transfer business. One of the men arrested reportedly kept $US200,000 ($A296,000) in a locked safe at the Dairy Queen so the other man could easily access it.
"If that was the case, they already would have shut me down," Mr Momin said of accusations of human meat in burgers. "I just want to make sure people know it has nothing to do with my business. They were looking for people that don't work there."
Mr Momin's name, according to the Index-Journal, is listed in an affidavit related to the case, but he has not been charged with a crime.
A Dairy Queen spokeswoman told the news outlet the company "recently learned of the law enforcement activity this week at this location, which is a locally owned and operated store."
"The allegations of illegal activity are troubling. We will be looking into this matter and will be following the ongoing investigation closely as more information becomes available. As this is an ongoing investigation, we refer all questions to authorities," the spokeswoman, Marlene Kadlec, said.
Meanwhile, the Index-Journal spoke to Greenwood's County Coroner, Sonny Cox, who confirmed "there's little to no chance" human meat would be sold in burgers at Dairy Queen.
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