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March 8, 2021
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IKEA temporarily pulls meatballs off Bucharest store shelves

IKEA has temporarily withdrawn from sale meatballs at the company’s Bucharest store for additional verifications, after Czech authorities found traces of horsemeat into a batch of meatballs sold by the furniture manufacturer, which made the company stop selling the product in several European countries, Mediafax reports. The countries envisaged are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Sweden, the UK, Portugal, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland.
Furniture retailer Ikea says it has halted all sales of meat balls in Sweden after Czech authorities detected horse meat in frozen meatballs that were labeled as beef and pork, foxnews.com reports. Ikea’s Swedish branch said on its Facebook page Monday that it won’t sell or serve any meatballs at its stores in Sweden out of concern for “potential worries among our customers.” It said its own controls had not shown any traces of horse meat. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Ikea would also stop selling meatballs in other countries.  Calls seeking comment from Ikea in Sweden were not immediately returned Monday.
The Czech authority also found horse meat in beef burgers imported from Poland during random tests of food products. Authorities across Europe have started doing random DNA checks after traces of horse meat turned up in frozen supermarket meals such as burgers and lasagna beginning last month.
The European Union’s agriculture ministers gathered in Brussels Monday to discuss the widening scandal’s fallout, with some member states pressing for tougher rules to regain consumer confidence. The 27-nation bloc must agree on binding origin disclosures for food product ingredients, starting with a better labeling of meat products, German agriculture minister Ilse Aigner said.

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