IKEA horse meatballs sold in UK

Meatballs containing horsemeat have been sold in IKEA stores in the UK but have now been withdrawn, a Czech spokesman for the furniture retailer has confirmed.

Third of parents believe they have served horsemeat

A third of parents (33.6%) believe they may have served horsemeat to their children, a new poll reveals.

It suggests that the scandal has led many families to change their eating and shopping habits, with some no longer buying processed meat or eating ready meals.

The poll, by parenting website Netmums, questioned 1,293 parents for their views of the horse meat scandal.

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IKEA 'initiating further tests' on meatballs

IKEA takes the test result from the Czech Republic authorities showing indications of traces of horse meat seriously.

The concerned production batch of meatballs has been withdrawn from the Swedish Food Market in the IKEA stores.

Already two weeks ago, IKEA Group initiated DNA analyses of all meat products in the range.

12 tested samples of different batches of meatballs showed no traces of horsemeat.

To validate the test results, we are now initiating further tests on the same production batch in which the Czech Republic authorities found indications of horsemeat.

We are expecting test results in the coming days and will then be able to give more information.

– IKEA statement

Horsemeat meatballs 'not distributed to consumers'

The Czech State Veterinary Administration reported its findings to the European Union's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed.

The inspectors took samples for DNA tests in IKEA's unit in the city of Brno from a product labelled as "beef and pork meatballs", a statement said.

It added that the consignment of meatballs that was tested had not been distributed to consumers.

A spokesman for the institute said he did not know whether the meatballs were distributed in other European countries.

IKEA said they were made by a single Swedish supplier.

'Horsemeat meatballs' labelled as beef and pork

The Czech veterinary authority said it detected horsemeat in meatballs labelled as containing beef and pork imported to the country by Sweden's furniture retailer IKEA.

The State Veterinary Administration said the one-kilogram packs of the frozen meat balls were made in Sweden to be sold in IKEA stores.

A total of 760 kilograms of the meat balls were stopped from reaching the shelves in the Czech Republic.

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