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Horsemeat: IKEA latest store to withdraw meat products

26 February 2013

IKEA has withdrawn a batch of meatballs from its UK stores after horsemeat was discovered by Czech Republic authorities. While meatballs will still be available to buy from the Swedish furniture giant’s stores, one batch has been removed as a precaution until further tests have been done. The horse meatballs were labelled as beef and pork and were in 1 Kilo frozen packs sent to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 Kilos of the meatballs were stopped from reaching

According to an IKEA spokesman, internal tests had shown no problems until the new discovery.

In a statement, he said: “Ikea takes the test result from the Czech Republic authorities showing indications of traces of horse meat seriously. The concerned production batch of meatballs has been withdrawn from the Swedish Food Market in the Ikea stores.

"Already two weeks ago, Ikea Group initiated DNA analyses of all meat products in the range. Twelve tested samples of different batches of meatballs showed no traces of horsemeat. To validate the test results, we are now initiating further tests on the same production batch in which the Czech Republic authorities found indications of horse meat."

The firm said it had issued ‘a sales stop’ of the concerned batch in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland as well as the UK.

The company said the move was out of concern for ‘potential worries among our customers’, adding its own controls had not shown any traces of horse.


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