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Furniture giant Ikea has withdrawn a batch of meatballs from sale in its UK and Ireland stores after horse meat was discovered in the food product.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

  • 2013
    16 January 2013
    Burgers with equine DNA traced to Silvercrest Foods & Liffey Meats in Republic.
  • 16 January 2013
    10m burgers taken off the shelves by Tesco, Lidl, Iceland & Dunnes Stores.
  • 17 January 2013
    ABP Food Group suspends work at its Silvercrest Foods plant.
  • 17 January 2013
    Sainsbury's, Asda & Co-op withdraw some frozen products as precaution.
  • 23 January 2013
    Burger King drops ABP Food Group as a supplier.
  • 25 January 2013
    Silvercrest dropped as a supplier by Tesco.
  • 30 January 2013
    Authorities in Republic believe Poland to be source of contamination.
  • 04 February 2013
    75% equine DNA found in raw ingredients at Rangeland Foods, Co Monaghan.
  • 04 February 2013
    The Republic’s Department of Agriculture calls in police.
  • 04 February 2013
    ABP Food Group estimated to have lost €45m in contracts.
  • 05 February 2013
    McAdams meat held at Freeza Meats, Newry found to contain 80% horse.
  • 05 February 2013
    Freeza Meats tell UTV they face ruin over the crisis.
  • 06 February 2013
    Tesco remove frozen meals produced by French company Comigel.
  • Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:14 AM
    Some Findus UK beef lasagnes, made by Comigel, found to contain up to 100% horse.
  • Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:15 AM
    Authorities believe "criminal activity" to blame & order beef testing.
  • Friday, 08 February 2013 12:16 AM
    Tests on Freeza Meat burgers clear. Company feels vindicated.
  • Friday, 08 February 2013 12:17 AM
    Aldi confirms two of its ready meal ranges found to contain up to 100% horse meat.
  • Monday, 11 February 2013 12:18 AM
    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says legal action will be taken in Europe.
  • Monday, 11 February 2013 12:19 AM
    UFU says farmers in Northern Ireland feel let down by the horsemeat scandal.
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:20 AM
    EU ministers agree to random DNA testing & testing for horse drug bute.
  • Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:21 AM
    Burgers removed from all schools in NI after horse DNA found in supply chain.
  • Friday, 15 February 2013 12:22 AM
    Burgers removed from NI hospitals due to traces of horse DNA found.
  • Friday, 15 February 2013 12:23 AM
    Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill holds meeting with NI Executive ministers.
  • Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:24 AM
    Horse DNA found in burgers supplied to two NI agri college campuses.
  • Monday, 25 February 2013 12:25 AM
    IKEA withdraws batch of meatballs after horsemeat is found.
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3 Comments
Mike in Belfast wrote (601 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 (601 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 (602 days ago):
I love horse meat
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