The IKEA Kitchen

By DeusExMacintosh

Horse found in IKEA meatballs

Ikea has withdrawn meatballs from sale in 14 European countries after tests in the Czech Republic found traces of horsemeat in a batch made in Sweden.

Meatballs from the same batch had been sold in many states, including the UK, France and Portugal, the retailer said. Swiss food giant Nestle meanwhile said it had found horse DNA in meat from the Spanish supplier, Servocar.

The discoveries come as EU agriculture ministers meet for talks expected to focus on the growing horsemeat scandal. Since the first horsemeat was discovered in frozen meals and burgers in the UK and Ireland last month, traces have been found in meat products across Europe.

Ikea’s announcement on Monday came after the Czech State Veterinary Administration said horsemeat had been found in 1kg (2.2lb) packs of meatballs manufactured in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there.

A total of 760kg (1,675lb) of the meatballs have been intercepted and stopped from reaching Czech shelves, according to the Associated Press.

Horsemeat had also been found in beef burgers imported from Poland, the Czech State Veterinary Administration said.

In a posting on its Swedish Facebook page, Ikea first confirmed it was halting all sales of meatballs at its stores in the country. Later, the company announced that meatballs from the affected batch of meatballs had also been sent to Ikea stores in Slovakia, Hungary, France, the UK, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and the Republic of Ireland.

BBC News


  1. Posted February 26, 2013 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    IKEA kitchen indeed.
    your File labels noted, and I see Hypocrisy was omitted. This Vego can only laugh at the suddenly horrified eaters of lambs and calves, who both suffer terribly in saleyards even before the slaughterhouse.

    First UK reports blamed Poland, the Ireland then France (no surprises there) until we learn that an MP raised questions FIVE years ago.

  2. kvd
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Ann, I read the other day of a local cabbage grower bemoaning the fact that he could not compete with Chinese grown produce, shipped to NZ for packaging, then sold into the Sydney and Melbourne markets. Think I’d prefer pure Irish horse – bute and all…

  3. Posted February 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I guess one way they could avoid any horse meat getting in would be to use the same approach they use for furniture. Just leave a few cow carcases in the kitchen along with poorly written instructions on how to make meat balls.

  4. Mel
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    A big yawn to me. I have no objection to eating a little horse.

  5. Posted February 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I never thought I’d see the day when it was cheaper to use horse meat instead of the usual woodshavings and recycled cardboard IKEA uses in its recipes.

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