IKEA Malaysia has recently announced that they will stop serving their IKEA Swedish meatballs as according to a statement released today.
Read the press statement below:
Oh my! Looks like those beef meat balls that we’ve been gushing over at Ikea are actually made of horse meat!
Horse meat has been detected in a wide range of products from lasagnas’ to burger meat sold to the Burger King’s UK operations, and the meat pasta sauce that is sold by Wal-Mart’s UK supermarkets chain, Asada.
Food inspectors in the Czech Republic have discovered horse meat DNA in 2.2-pound packs for frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and it was sold under the name, Köttbullar.
Ikea has confirmed that they have pulled frozen meatballs from the same batch that were sent to it’s stores in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, France, the UK, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, and Belgium. The product was also removed from Ikea stores in Sweden.
In an official statement made by Ikea, they stated:
“We are now initiating further tests on the same production batch in which the Czech Republic authorities found indications of horse meat. 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.”
They also tried to make it clear that their decision was made with though they did a testing two weeks ago that did not detect any horse DNA.
More on the results of the meat are to be announced soon – in the mean time, you might want to take a step back from indulging in those meatballs!