It was reported on Feb. 28, 2013 by Observer Today that Ikea will stop selling their wiener sausages because it was made by the same supplier that supplied their Swedish meatballs with traces of horse meat.
This decision comes just a few days after they pulled their Swedish meatballs from their restaurant cafe and freezer section.
Ikea has withdrawn the sausages from their stores in Europe: France, Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and other stores that received the wiener sausages from this supplier according to Ikea spokeswoman, Ylva Magnusson.
Czech health inspectors detected traces of horse meat in Ikea’s Swedish meatballs just two days prior. In an effort to assure safety to its customers, since the level of horse meat contained in the meatballs were not confirmed Ikea decided to pull Swedish meatballs from 21 European countries.
However U.S. and Canada stores were not affected their meatballs and wiener sausages are from U.S. suppliers.
Ikea has conducted their own testing confirming that some of their meatballs did not just contain beef and pork even though it was labeled as such.
Magnusson says “Based on some hundreds test results that we have received so far, there are a few indications of horse meat”. She also states “together with the Swedish supplier in question we have decided to withdraw from sales of the wiener sausages as they are from the same supplier.”
Horse meat mislabeling scandal has become rampant in Europe. As many food items listed as beef, are actually not containing all beef but horse meat.