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IKEA stops serving meatballs in Sweden

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Since it is known that horse meat has been found in meatballs served at IKEA in the Czech Republic, the furniture retailer now stops all selling and serving of meatballs in Sweden.
Not yet have traces of horse been found in the meat at Swedish IKEA restaurants, but is has been found in products of other Swedish food retailers. The cessation of sales and servings is a simple precaution according to the press officer of IKEA Sweden.

After the European meat scandal earlier this week, where horse meat was found in dishes at several IKEA restaurants in Czech Republic, the furniture giant has now stopped all selling and serving of meatballs in Sweden.

IKEA Sweden has reasons to suspect that traces of horse meat also may be found in the meat served at Swedish IKEA restaurants. Therefore, several samples of meat from Familjen Dafgård, the retailer that delivers food to IKEA Sweden, has now been sent for analysis to check if it, like in the Czech Republic, contains traces of horse meat.

”Even though no traces of horse yet have been found in meat within the country, we want to be on the safe side,” said Sara Paulsson, press officer at IKEA Sweden to Dagens Nyheter, when she commented on why they now stop all selling and serving.

The food containing horse meat is not considered to be a health hazard, but since it is a crime for a retailer to sell products without proper declaration, the selling of the products has been stopped.

The amount of horse meat in the meatballs that were sold in Czech Republic is still unknown, but it is clear that traces have been found in over 760kg of meat, according to Aftonbladet.

To prevent further scandals, IKEA has now stopped all of the selling and serving of meatballs in fourteen other European countries.

After the scandal, several other companies in Sweden have checked for horse meat in their products. The national food retailer Coop found traces of horse meat in their hamburgers, containing substances that can be dangerous for humans to consume.

The substances that were found in the meat came from a diseased horse that by mistake had been slaughtered and sold to the food chain. The horse was treated with medication containing substances that in rear cases can cause cancer.

It is still unclear if the amount of the medical trace is extensive enough to cause danger for humans, but to prevent the risk and further public concern about accidentally eating horse meat, Coop has now, like IKEA, stopped all selling of beef.


Caroline Olofsson
Photo: washingtonpost.com

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