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Faecal bacteria found in IKEA cakes

08 March 2013

IKEA has recalled almond cakes in 23 countries following the discovery of bacteria found in faeces. According to The Telegraph, IKEA has pulled the Tarta Chokladkrokant cakes due to ‘high levels of coliforms which failed to meet hygiene standards’ in two batches in China. 

While the bacteria rarely causes illness, its presence may indicate the presence of more dangerous bacteria such as E. coli. The cakes will remain on sale in the UK and Ireland as they are said to be clear.

The group, which is now conducting further investigations, says the cakes were made by a Swedish supplier. 1800 of the almond cakes, layered in chocolate, butter cream and butterscotch, were destroyed in December after being intercepted by Chinese customs.

In a statement, IKEA said: "There is no health risk associated with consuming this product. The production batches have, as per safety and quality routines, been tested for bacteria that can cause health issues, such as E. coli, and none of these pathogen bacteria have been found.

"However, since the product does not comply with our strict food quality standards we have decided to withdraw the concerned production batches from sale in the 23 affected countries. The UK and Ireland are not affected."

Ikea recently recall its Swedish meatballs because the company bought meat labeled as beef that contained traces of horsemeat.


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