IKEA Swedish meatballs have been found to contain horse meat, reported HuffPost on Feb. 25. The furniture giant has decided to pull the mislabeled packages of frozen meatballs off retail shelves after tests came back positive to contain horse meat DNA in Europe.
The Czech State Veterinary Administration alerted the international retail store of affordable home goods that a positive result in one of their batch tested contained horse meat DNA instead of the listed beef and pork the list of ingredients indicate.
The Swedish supplier that was used by IKEA initially stated that the mislabeled foods affected only 12 countries; the concern was then expanded to include a total of 21 countries all over European.
With over 330 IKEA stores all over the country including the United States, the only stores not affected in their decision to pull their frozen entrees are Russia, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden and United States because they were made by local suppliers.
The Swedish company IKEA has 38 stores in the U.S. and 12 stores in Canada that uses a local supplier to produce their meatballs; they were not affected in the horse meat scandal.
According to an IKEA spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson published by HuffPost, “Ikea tested a range of frozen food products, including meatballs, and found no traces of horse meat. The company plans to conduct its own tests to “validate” the Czech results.”
Would horse meat in meatballs drenched in rich gravy with hot mashed potatoes next to a side of delicious ligonberries for $3.99 sway you away from eating them at IKEA if you knew?
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