Hottest Burger In Britain Burns 2 Journalists

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.

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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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