Feb 26, 2013-There’s something missing from the store where you can buy everything from pressboard furniture of all shapes and sizes and just about every kind of lighting accent you can imagine, and the missing item might just be IKEA’s most famous thing: meatballs. According to the New York Times, IKEA has pulled them from the menu.
On overwhelming food scandal is sweeping Europe, and the massive box store has become part of the focus because 150 million meatballs every year are consumed by customers in their IKEA cafeterias. They are also available for purchase to take home and prepare.
Horse meat was first found in Ireland and spread from there. Due to the outbreak of mad cow disease, testing laws have been put into place to make sure all beef is fresh, and horse dna was found among the meat, bringing to light gaping holes in Europe’s meat production oversight.
Among the products affected are IKEA meatballs sold by one Swedish supplier which supplies all European countries except Norway and Russia as well as a small amount of products to Switzerland and Poland.
Many people are very concerned about the meatballs in our Portland IKEA store. IKEA has stated that no US food products were affected by this horse meat problem.
IKEA has been very proactive in tracking down any products contaminated with horse meat and recalling them all. IKEA does their own testing on foods and hadn’t come across any horse meat, but they took the Czech Republic’s positive test seriously, pulling all of their meatballs in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, and Ireland.
The horse meat outbreak continues to grow overseas, and IKEA stands firm that it will do whatever it takes to ensure that their products are safe and free of any tainted products.