Burger King's Equine Burgers, Non-Communicable Diseases and the Coming of Cost-U-Less

Burger King opened in Sky Mall (Barbados)

Burger King opened in Sky Mall (Barbados)

The news this week that fast food restaurant Burger King had to pull ‘beef burgers’ from its UK outlets which were supplied by an Irish vender has alarmed many Barbadians. Why you ask? Burger King recently opened its doors at Sky Mall formerly Mall Internationale in Barbados. It is a bold move by Bizzy Williams the principal investo given the view that Barbadians are not regarded as burger lovers. Perhaps he is banking on the fact that Bajans have moved on from the McDonalds experience. Nothing wrong with eating horse meat though, the issue like most things nowadays is it is all about the lack of business ethics and public trust. If you say you are selling beef burgers how the hell does it translate to HORSE MEAT? Let us hope that the carcasses of some of those retired horses owned by Bizzy’s brother do not make it into the kitchen of Burger King Barbados.

What has provoked the interest of BU about the coming of Burger King is a statement made by President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce Lalu Vaswani at the renaming of Sky Mall which coincided with the opening of Burger King:

“… Barbados’ food and beverage and agricultural sectors can greatly benefit from the opportunity to secure long-term supply partnerships with franchises. Equally, it is in the economic interest of franchises to ensure a viable local supply chain, since reinvesting in the local economy promotes economic growth and consumer demand,” he said. (Barbados Advocate – 1/28/2013)

It is a free country and as Vaswani also indicated in his statement, the protective duty period is expected to expire within two years, it will not matter two hoots who Barbadians want to come to our shores to do business, neither goods and services. However, should the current state of things not offend Barbadians and cause us to question a growing penchant for junk food? We are an educated people but here it is the figurehead of the captains of industry is reported to be so lavish in his praise of a fast food restaurant setting up in Barbados.

Are we forgetting that Barbados is still fondly referred to as the ‘Amputation Capital’ of the world? And this is despite the political rhetoric coming from Minister of Health Donville Inniss. Why the hell do we have to jump on the bandwagon by welcoming Burger King to Barbados and in the process give further opportunity to deepen our reputation as the Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) domicile of the world? When our leaders appear to be so accommodating does it not serve to seal a questionable belief by the public that junk food is good?

To the President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce Lalu Vaswani: what good is Burger King establishing in Barbados if any gains to the local economy are quickly eroded by a rising healthcare expense?

No wonder Bushie is frustrated!

The same logic is extended to questioning the several concessions which this government disgorged to Cost-U-Less, a company which is a retailer and an avarice consumer of scare foreign exchange. Was an impact assessment done before giving permission to Cost-U-Less to setup here? Now tell us why spend billions in educating our people and this is where we find ourselves?

It is the silly season and therefore the sentiments expressed above will be happily be spun by the politicos.

95 responses to “Burger King's Equine Burgers, Non-Communicable Diseases and the Coming of Cost-U-Less

  1. @islandgal

    It is a little fuzzy but wasn’t the landlord from the KFC location Tony Hoyos and Colin Brewer? And again it is a little fuzzy but there was a divorce settlement/arrangement and she took Champers and the husband kept Nico’s on the West Coast.

  2. David she wasn’t married to the man at Nico’s, when they split I think she had just started Champers. I understand the building was owned by Nari Karnarni I may be mistaken.

  3. Islandgal246 wrote “The problem with Bajan black people is that they give up too quickly when they encounter a roadblock.”

    That is a totally misleading and unfair statement.

  4. Is it Hants? Tell me why?

  5. Pingback: Barbados: I’ll Have a Burger · Global Voices

  6. @islandgal246

    ask Bushie or Millertheannuki for a history lesson.

    I am focused on Beyonce right now.

  7. Georgie Porgie

    Sargeant | February 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM |
    Thanks for the profile.Victor was my house captain.
    CP won in two successive years.
    Unfortunately a few years later Ezra died in a car crash.
    His brother Chetwin played cricket for Barbados.
    They were some good schoolboy cricketers in those days including Boxhill, and Chase from BFS, Colinn Blades from Lodge and TONY king from kolij. Boyce from CP

  8. It is well past 11 pm @ Rices , St. Philip and 17000 persons are eating out of the hands of PM Stuart.

    The meal being served up is Owen soup !

    I must admit Owen damn well need to explain that letter he wrote to PM Stuart asking MAM to be relieved from the BLP.

    PM Stuart has the letter…..Owen need to explain why he chattled off MAM so !

  9. David (not BU)

    from a note to a letter? wow!!!

  10. Fractured; What else did he speak about?

  11. Fractured; I saw the video of the PM’s speech. So no need to answer.
    FS’ speech was a beautifully crafted one which was centred on attacking Owen Arthur using the well known talking points in a lawyerly way. Arthur will have to respond in kind. It was an excellent speech that fully showed his skills as a speaker.

    I was very impressed.

    Unfortunately he did not appear to be aware of or felt the need to address the problems which much of Barbados is facing and his narrative had some areas that would do with some fact checking. But it was overall an excellent political speech that would play well to the DLP crowd without winning any new converts. imho

  12. Pity all the wonderful speeches by the politicians can’t be taken to the supermarket and turned into food to feed anyone, or turned into money to pay bills.

  13. WHO STOLE THE SEISMIC DATA AND WHO TRIED TO KEEP THE PUBLIC FROM FINDING OUT??? WERE THE DOCUMENTS EVER RECOVERED???

  14. I missed the story on the seismic data (perhaps someone could point me to where to find it). It sounds interesting.

  15. check out today’s nation newspaper online/

  16. Donville I am sure is wishing this one never came out, can’t wish this one away, too much deception. Imagine a state document stolen from the PM’s office well over a month ago and the PM is only now being briefed today. No one could make up stuff like this, not even James Patterson and he is good. There is nothing sicker than the government sanctioned deceptions perpetrated on the people of Bim. It is nauseating. I am happy to see they cannot unring this bell. HA HA HA

  17. My question is, and I think it a reasonable one, is how could the matter of theft of state property by a senior employee/thief (starting to translate to me like a Permanent Secretary) in the PM’s office go before the GG or the AG for that matter, who is responsible for state security, WITHOUT THE PM KNOWING??? SOMEONE IS LYING!!!

  18. I am going to be parading all over this, for the simple fact that it nearly slipped by undetected.

  19. Next question is HOW MUCH WAS THE THIEF PAID FOR THE SEISMIC DATA AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO WHOM WAS IT SOLD???

  20. Caswell Franklyn

    Don’t get distracted: no seismic data was taken. There is no crime here. What we have is a case of a young man who would resign his job rather than submit to sexual harassment. He submitted his resignation and I convinced him that he should not flee from his job for peace and I suggested to him that he should rescind his resignation and fight the matter, and now we are hearing of trumped up charges.

    Sent from my iPad

  21. In other words, within the PM’s Office young men are being subjected to sexual advances by other men and if they do not accept male sex to keep their jobs, they are framed by people in the PM’s Office for theft. This is starting to sound even worse. Are you sure the data has not been stolen by others in the PM’s Office and tied into all of this?? These creeps are VILE.

  22. @Well Well | February 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM |

    “Donville I am sure is wishing this one never came out, can’t wish this one away, too much deception. Imagine a state document stolen from the PM’s office well over a month ago and the PM is only now being briefed today. No one could make up stuff like this, not even James Patterson and he is good”…………………….

    Using your name, Well, Well.

    Speaks to leadership. You would never believe that an inept “leader’ like Freundel Stuart can be all about Barbados talking about leadership. This from a man who claimed he was asleep on the job. This has happened in his office and he is now only now being briefed.

    From what we have learnt of Fumble, he has no control over his ministers so he dare not say a word to them….. dont be fooled with this notion that he leaves ministers to do their jobs, he cannot say a word to them.

    Maybe the file was on his desk and he never got to it! Remember his office is filled with files!

  23. You prodigal talking about FS “asleep on the job.” How about OSA who never bother even to show up for work and when confronted he goes into his bag of tricks and pull out the “biggest of LIES.

  24. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    As long as we dont feed sheep brains to the cows in Barbados we will be fine. Meat from overseas is the Caribbean dumping place for beef that dont meet the standards of the USA.Grass to the cows not sheep and other animals body parts.

  25. millertheanunnaki

    @ ac | February 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM |
    “How about OSA who never bother even to show up for work and when confronted he goes into his bag of tricks and pull out the “biggest of LIES.”

    Well, ac, that’s well nigh impossible. The title has already been claimed posthumously by a dead lion King of a Liar now lying in his lair with the just epithet for a false epitaph which is epitomized, emblazoned, emboldened and inscribed in yellow and blue indelible ink on the fiery entrance to the mausoleum of Hell in the St. John Parish Church yard which reads in the dark of night: “I SHALL NEVER CHEAT, STEAL AND, ABOVE ALL, LIE IN LIFE OR EVEN IN DEATH”.

    And guess who is the first runner-up in the lying competition for political crooks and conmen?
    A man who has the immorally shocking intestinal fortitude to not only ‘lie’ through his hypocritical teeth to little school children making the phrase ‘out of the mouth of babes’ another deadly sin but also to get up on a political platform and deify his dead nemesis Saint Liar of St. John Parish Church Yard along with his paranoid pal Leroy the guru of business chichanery now wringing his hands in fear of the Sheriff of Justice while sleepwalking the haunted roads of Martins Bay like Macbeth’s wife looking for the rambling roving ghost of his dead lover David.

    Second runner-up goes to Mr. Sinckliar, MCL (Most Consistent Liar) who has never or will never publicly expressed any intention of becoming leader of the DLP or even PM. He made this blind oath and irrevocable vow at the altar erected on the Four Seasons of Promises and Prevarication dedicated to the god of Lies & Deceit.

    In fourth place we have a tie of a lying dead-heat between OSA and ‘any other number can play’. So which one are you backing, ac?

  26. miller keep dreaming. 14years is a long time sitting on the LIARS throne. the other competitors don”t even come close. OSA is in a category all by himself.

  27. Colonel Buggy

    islandgal246 | February 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM |
    Is it Hants? Tell me why?
    ………………………………………………..
    I must agree with Hants to a certain extent. If you can remember Jeffs and Dougies,you should also remember some of the following Bajan entrepreneurs ,who made a name for themselves in and around Bridgetown,while providing excellent service to the .people of Barbados.
    Mr Rollock (5&10) ,Frank Butcher ACME, R.A Griffith (furniture),C.C King, Smith Wrought Iron works,E.H .Lord(e) , F.C. Atwell, Lowes Laundry, L.C Hill ,Eudora’s Supermarket,Straughan’s Garage, Stanley Linton’s Garage, R.D.M Maxwell, James A Tudor, LLoyd Alleyne ,Louis Lynch, Boychild L.E, Smith and his Two-Sons and Fix-it-Right Empire and N.E. Wilson .Plus the omnibus concessionaires, like Mrs Rock, W.R.Coward., Trotman, Birch , Weatherhead and Carr.
    Today we are imploring our people who are supposed to be better educated and seemingly more intelligent than most of the persons mentioned above become entrepreneurs, without much success,as they still prefer to hold down a job at Cow or Bizzy. Where did we go wrong? Have we sold out? Ironically most of the businesses mentioned above were situated in Roebuck St. Today,quite sadly, Roebuck Street is owned by Asians and people from the Middle East.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/83717797@N04/8446616616/

  28. @Colonel Buggy,

    Barbados produced a lot of successful Black business people but they sent their children to University to become professionals. Doctors,Lawyers, Architects etc. but very few studied Business Management with a view to working in the family business.

    There were also some business that got crushed by not having the finances to grow to meet the demands of the times.

    An example of this is the replacement of shops in the village by Supermarkets.

  29. @Hants
    You are correct that many from that black emerging middle class sent their children to School/University to pursue “‘white collar” professions instead of having one or two of their children build on the foundation that they started.

    I have another take about the Village shop/Supermarket dynamic, many village shops which did thriving business were allowed to fall into decline because all the natural heirs went “away” seeking fame and fortune instead of building on what was already there, these shops could have morphed into today’s supermarkets but others are eating their lunch.

  30. Seeing a name like Frank Butcher and ACME brings back some memories. Can anyone remember the young man working at a bank at the time who stole money off Frank Butcher’s account, found himself in prison, got raped and released, was given a job by the so called respectable in Bim, now he is a respectable himself. But i remembered how hard Mr. Butcher had to work to keep ACME down by the Globe going for years.

  31. Colonel Buggy

    Hants | February 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM |
    @Colonel Buggy,

    Barbados produced a lot of successful Black business people but they sent their children to University to become professionals. Doctors,Lawyers, Architects etc. but very few studied Business Management with a view to working in the family business.
    ………………………………………………………………..
    The late Cameron Tudor comes to mind. His father James A Tudor, was reported to have owned some 100 shops throughout the island, and operated from where Westburn Plaza at the top of Baxters Road is now located. Daily you could have seen James A Tudor’s fleet of delivery trucks criss- crossing the island , resupplying those shops. Cameron went to Oxford, preferring to study the Classics rather than business. James A Tudor and Sons Ltd, should have taken the initiative and pioneered the supermarket industry throughout Barbados, instead they allowed Super Centre and Goddard to forge ahead. Although I was just a little boy, it broke my heart to see James A Tudor, sitting outside one of his shops in St Joseph, while his empire was being auctioned off. Alleyne Arthur,(no relation to Brute Alleyne one of Tudor’s drivers) bought many of those shop.

  32. Colonel Buggy

    Well Well | February 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM |
    Seeing a name like Frank Butcher and ACME brings back some memories.
    ……………………………………………………………….
    Did you know that Frank Butcher could not have called himself an Engineer in Barbados, because he did not attend a university? Did you know that he built an airplane from scratch and flew it.?
    Long before Frank Butcher started to make buses, he was instrumental in redesigning and rebuilding the body platform on many of those 1960 AEC buses out of England that could not stand up to the rigors of the rough Barbados road network.
    Frank Butcher in my book was a real Engineer.

  33. Yesterday I visited a joinery shop to see what they had to offer in St. Peter. It was run by a woman. I asked her how the hell did she get into this type of business that is dominated by men. She told me that she worked as an accountant with a joinery firm. They had the contract for the Hilton. She said that the manager was sent on leave and she volunteered to run the project for the company. After the project the owner said that he was retiring and closing the business. She decided that was an opportunity to her own business. The men who worked for the business now out of work, told her that they would come and work for her if she started a workshop. She began looking to find a place and didn’t have much luck, then she remembered her grandmother’s house that was empty and she moved in. She is still operating her workshop from that location. She works for many of the high end customers on the island. She has not looked back. I raise my glass to her.

  34. To add another twist to the Burger King entry into Barbados.
    Tonight I went into Burger King to see what was going on since the horse meat scandal.

    Most of the obese persons who came in there ordered double whoppers.
    In the next twenty years the health care system is going to be in deep trouble with more diabetics and amputations. These people sat down and ate the double whopper which is very big with a large soda and chips.

  35. @Clone,

    The fattest people always order the biggest meals. Same here in Canada and the US.
    Supersize the fries! lol

  36. nobody got fat before the evil fast food restaurants hit the island, breadfruit and ,macaroni pie kept them slim

  37. islandgal246 | February 5, 2013 at 9:07 PM |
    Yesterday I visited a joinery shop to see what they had to offer in St. Peter. It was run by a woman.
    ……………………………………………………………
    The problem that women faced in this country from some of the aforementioned black businessmen, is that they left their businesses in the hands of their sons, many of whom squandered it in fast cars and faster women, eventually selling out to the Asians and Middle Easterners. Many of the women who were fortunate ,to have succeeded their fathers ran the business well. The daughter of RDM Maxwell comes to mind, and in in most recent times, W.H.King’s daughter who manages the Monrose Complex.

  38. @Clone. Bajan men like their women with big fat bottoms,like many of those Wide Load Bajan yankee women who come down her for kadooment . Watch the traffic jam on the Drive Through when it opens.

  39. Here is an update on the horse meat issue in the UK. Is it possible that…no!!!!

    More British ready meals are expected to be found to contain horsemeat over the next few weeks, the environment secretary has warned.

    The warning by Owen Paterson came after he held an emergency summit with bosses from leading supermarkets and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to tackle the scandal of horse in beef products.

    Food businesses have been told to send initial test results on all their products to the FSA by Friday.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/09/horsemeat-scandal-responsibility-retailers

  40. “The FSA advised consumers who had bought affected beef lines from Findus not to eat them. They had not been tested for the presence of phenylbutazone, which is banned in the human food chain. It can cause a serious blood disorder in rare cases.”

    Bajans be warned. That is why I am a proponent of food security.

    Google this. “fish feed chicken poop”

  41. @David
    Here is an update on the horse meat issue in the UK. Is it possible that…no!!!!
    ******************
    Why so squeamish about horse meat? That is so British, our diet is predicated on what the British ate but for a quirk of fate we would be eating frog legs and snails and enjoying both.

    Gwen Workman sold some of Queens Palace along with her pork cutters back in the day and Bajans never complained.

  42. I am old its against the law to repeat the following nursery rhyme especially the penultimate line.
    ***************
    There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
    I don’t know why she swallowed the fly,
    I guess she’ll die.
    There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
    that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
    I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
    I guess she’ll die.
    There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
    How absurd to swallow a bird.
    She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
    that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
    I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
    I guess she’ll die.
    There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
    Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
    She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
    She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
    that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
    I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
    I guess she’ll die.
    There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
    My what a hog, to swallow a dog.
    She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
    She swallowed the cat, to catch the bird,
    She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
    that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
    I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
    I guess she’ll die.
    There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
    I don’t know how she swallowed a cow.
    She swallowed the cow to catch the dog.
    She swallowed the dog, to catch the cat.
    She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
    She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
    that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
    I don’t know why she swallowed the fly
    I guess she’ll die.
    I know an old lady who swallowed a horse…
    She’s dead of course!

  43. Here’s a story on what happens to some retired race horses, ‘Onions” if you are ever in TO stay away from the “horse” burgers.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/2013/03/29/star_investigation_ottawa_refuses_to_say_whether_drugtainted_horse_meat_entered_food_chain.html

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