Hottest Burger In Britain Burns 2 Journalists

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Two journalists from a newspaper in Brighton, England, went to the hospital after sampling the Hot Chili Burger. The heat is in the sauce, which is rated about 3,000 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And that brings us to our last word in Business today - a taste test, with disastrous results.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Two journalists from The Argus newspaper in Brighton, England landed in the hospital after sampling what is believed to be the hottest burger in Britain.

INSKEEP: The XXX Hot Chilli Burger sells for just under seven U.S. dollars at a local restaurant called Burger Off.

MONTAGNE: After taking just one bite - one bite - the men experienced severe stomach cramps, and lost feeling in their hands.

INSKEEP: Ouch. The heat comes from the sauce, which is rated - I don't know how you rate this - but it's rated about 3,000 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

MONTAGNE: The owner of Burger Off says he sells the burgers responsibly, meaning nobody under 18, nor anyone who's been drinking can have one. And that's - it seemed like drinking might help (laughing).

INSKEEP: Yeah, maybe so.

MONTAGNE: That's the Business News on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's go get a burger.

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