Horse meat found in Ikea food
Horse meat had been found in some samples of meatballs sold by Ikea Thailand according to a statement by the store released on Thursday.
- Published: 4/04/2013 at 07:22 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Swedish meat balls was one of the featured dishes at the Ikea outlet in Bang Na, before it was found that horse meat was one of the ingredients.
The Swedish furniture store, which also runs a Swedish food market and restaurant at its Bang Na outlet, said the horse meat turned up in independent tests - conducted earlier this week at its request - of meatballs supplied to its Bangkok outlet.
It said it will continue to withhold the sale of meatballs.
The store withdrew Swedish meatballs from its market and menu in February after a batch was found to have contained equine DNA.
A store spokeswoman said the concern centred mainly on one supplier in Sweden which provides meatballs to some European countries and Thailand.
The company had asked the Bureau of Quality and Safety of Food at the Ministry of Public Health to test meatballs it had received from Sweden.
"The ban on the sale of meatballs will be in place for some months," said store manager Lacia Sherlock. "We will be delighted to let you know when we can once again have Swedish meatballs on sale."
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