IKEA withdraws meatballs over horse meat

Published Monday, 25 February 2013
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Furniture giant Ikea has withdrawn a batch of meatballs from sale in its UK and Ireland stores after horse meat was discovered in the food product.

IKEA withdraws meatballs over horse meat
IKEA says it has removed the batch in question from sale. (© Getty)

The Swedish company said only one batch was being taken off the shelves and that it did not affect the food served in its restaurants.

The contaminated meat was discovered in frozen meatballs labelled as beef and pork which were sent to the Czech Republic for sale in stores there.

A spokesperson for the company said that no traces of horsemeat had been found previously, after twelve samples of different batches tested negative.

"Ikea is committed to serving and selling high quality food that is safe, healthy and produced with care for the environment and the people who produce it," he 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."

The results of further tests carried out are expected in the coming days.

Sales of the affected range have been halted in across Europe, as well as the UK and Ireland stores.

Ikea has 18 stores across the UK, including one at Holywood Exchange in Belfast. There is also a store in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Horse meat has been found in a number of processed meat products sold in the UK, sparking a Europe-wide investigation into the source of the contamination.

Last month traces of horse DNA were found in frozen burgers made at Co Monaghan-based Silvercrest, part of ABP Food Group - with 29% horse meat found in Tesco Everyday Value beef burgers.

In Northern Ireland, it was revealed last week that burgers supplied to Loughry and Greenmount agricultural colleges were found to contain horse meat.

Asda also removed products after horsemeat was found on the premises of Newry company Freeza meats, although it was quarantined and was not used in their food production.

The product had been supplied from Irish firm McAdam Foods.

Raw material from Rangeland Foods, the third Co Monaghan company involved, was found to contain 75% equine DNA.

Earlier this month, it was also discovered that Findus beef lasagnes contained up to 100% horsemeat.

  • 1925
    13 October 1925
    Margaret Hilda Roberts born in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
  • 1950
    23 February 1950
    Fights and loses her first parliamentary election.
  • 1951
    13 December 1951
    Marries Denis Thatcher.
  • 1959
    08 October 1959
    Elected Conservative MP for Finchley.
  • 1961
    09 October 1961
    Junior minister of pensions and national insurance.
  • 1970
    20 June 1970
    Secretary of state for education and science.
  • 1975
    11 February 1975
    Wins leadership challenge against Edward Heath.
  • 1979
    04 May 1979
    Becomes the UK’s first female prime minister.
  • 1982
    02 April 1982
    Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
  • 14 June 1982
    Argentina surrenders as Thatcher known as "Iron Lady".
  • 1983
    09 June 1983
    Wins her second general election.
  • 1984
    12 October 1984
    Is the target of an IRA bomb during the Conservative conference in Brighton.
  • 1987
    11 June 1987
    Wins a third general election.
  • 1990
    28 November 1990
    Leaves Downing Street after losing the support of her party.
  • 1992
    30 June 1992
    Takes her seat in the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.
  • 2003
    26 June 2003
    Husband Denis dies at the age of 88.
  • 2009
    23 November 2009
    Returns to Downing Street for the unveiling of an official portrait.
  • 2010
    08 June 2010
    David Cameron invites her to Downing Street for a private meeting.
  • 2013
    08 April 2013
    Dies after a stroke at the age of 87.
The life of Margaret Thatcher
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Comments Comments
Mike in Belfast wrote (664 days ago):
I agree with you Fred. It's actually lovely. Don't know why we make such a fuss about things like horse and veal in this country.
lucylou in belfast wrote (664 days ago):
I am sick sore and TIRED with this never ending 'revelation' regarding horsemeat!!! at this stage in the proceedings I think we are all pretty much aware that beef and horsemeat taste pretty similar!!! Is this all smoke and mirrors to keep our eyes averted from the real scandal that may be uncovered if we ignore the G GEES fiasco???? or am I becoming paranoid?
Fred in Isle of man wrote (665 days ago):
I love horse meat
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