Furniture giant IKEA has become the latest retailer to be drawn into the horsemeat scandal, after tests in the Czech Republic revealed traces of horsemeat in a consignment of meatballs made in Sweden.
The firm said in a statement: “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.”
IKEA has withdrawn meatballs from sale in 14 European countries.
Sold in the UK
Meatballs from the same consignment had been sold in the UK, admitted the retailer.
The Czech State Veterinary Administration said horsemeat had been found in 1kg packs of meatballs manufactured and exported for sale in in Ikea stores in the Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, UK environment secretary Owen Paterson said last week (February 22) that he would “insist on concrete, co-ordinated action right across Europe” at the meeting of European agriculture ministers today (February 25).