If the meatballs are your favorite part of going to Ikea, you may want to re-think that mid-shopping treat!
The furniture giant has removed its meatballs from the market in 14 European stores after authorities in the Czech Republic found they contained horse meat. This is all happening amidst a growing European crisis over horse meat being found in beef.
Ikea claims that its meat turned up horse-DNA-free in tests they recently conducted, so they say removing the products is a proactive step. The chain is discontinuing the sale of the “concerned batch” of meatballs in Sweden, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, and Ireland.
In a statement concerning the potentially contaminated balls, Ikea said, “We do not tolerate any other ingredients than the ones stipulated in our recipes or specifications, secured through set standards, certifications and product analysis by accredited laboratories.” In other words, if horse ain’t on the label, Ikea doesn’t put it in its meatballs.
Fortunately for American shoppers, the horse meat outbreak doesn’t seem to be outside of the European countries listed. However, you might still want to consider having a little nosh at home before you go shopping!
Source: The New York Times