|Sweden confirms Ikea meatballs tainted
The producer of Ikea meatballs withdrawn from shelves in 25 countries has found horsemeat in its products, Sweden's national food agency SLA said today.
The agency was informed by Swedish company Dafgaard that its own tests had confirmed the presence of equine DNA, a spokeswoman for the agency said.
Dafgaard was unavailable for comment, AFP reports.
The Swedish furniture giant said Tuesday it had pulled 1 kilo bags of frozen meatballs off its shelves in 25 countries. They were Poland, Austria, Hungary, the Dominican Republic, Britain, Portugal, Finland, Germany, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Thailand, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Hong Kong, France, Cyprus, Ireland and Malaysia.
Dafgaard announced on Tuesday that it had found no horsemeat in 320 of its products it tested, but said it had not yet received results from tests on the meat in which Czech food safety authorities found equine DNA.
It was unclear whether the positive results announced Wednesday came from the same batch of meat tested in the Czech Republic.
Ikea was also expecting its own test results on the meatballs.