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Ikea pulls meatballs from Europe stores as horsemeat found

Reported by AFP
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ikea has been forced to pull its meatballs from European shelves after horsemeat was found.
Ikea has been forced to pull its meatballs from European shelves after horsemeat was found.
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Ikea will continue to sell meatballs in its Australian stores despite the product being removed in 16 European countries for fears of horsemeat contamination.

The Swedish furniture giant has become the latest retailer to be rocked by the European frozen foods scandal after traces of horsemeat were found in its one-kilo meatball bags.

The group's Australian arm said this morning its local products are not affected by the scandal engulfing the European business.

"Australian meatballs are in no way involved and we will continue to sell them in our stores," a spokeswoman told ninemsn.

Aussies this morning took to Ikea's Facebook page demanding to know whether its frozen meatballs sold locally contain traces of horsemeat.

A number of Facebook users have posted queries on Ikea Australia's page with no official response.

Ikea last removed the meatballs from shelves in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Britain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, Greece and Ireland.

Stores in Sweden, Denmark, France and Romania withdrew meatballs from sale as a precautionary measure.

"We have today been informed that our meatballs could contain traces of horsemeat, based on a test done in the Czech Republic," Ikea said in a statement on Monday.

"Our own tests haven't shown any traces of horsemeat. We now obviously have to study this further."

Nestle, which last week was forced to yank products off the shelves in Spanish and Italian supermarkets after detecting horsemeat in deliveries from a German supplier, said on Monday it would stop buying all products from Spanish group Servocar.

The horsemeat scandal has seen sales of frozen prepared dishes containing beef plummet by 45 per cent in France, a study showed on Monday.

27/11/2014 16:22Sydney, Australia. 27 November,2014
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