Ikea finally confesses and admits meatballs contain horse meat


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Ikea the furniture giant, has finally admitted that its flagship meatballs containing horse meat have been on the market for a while in several European countries. The company halted sales on Monday as Swedish and Czech inspectors discovered horse meat in the meatballs. The announcement to discontinues sales of horse meat-contaminated meatballs comes as EU ministers are getting ready to discuss better food regulation.

The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram (2.2 pound) packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and sold in Ikea stores in the Czech Republic. Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone to stores in Belgium, Britain, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Sweden.

Sweden’s food authority has also weighed in, saying it wouldn’t take action but was waiting to hear from authorities in the Czech Republic as to the quantity of horse meat detected.

“If it’s less than 1 percent it could mean that they handled horse meat at the same facility. If it’s more, we assess that it’s been mixed into the product,” said Karin Cerenius of Sweden’s National Food Agency.

The news came as agriculture ministers from across the EU gathered in Brussels to discuss the fallout from the horse meat scandal. Several of the 27 nations that make up the bloc are calling for tougher rules that will restore consumer confidence.