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Ikea bosses quizzed by police over snooping claims

French police are investigating how Ikea gathered information on staff and clients. Credit: Press Assocation

Two senior executives of the Ikea are being questioned by French police over claims the Swedish furniture firm snooped on employees and customers.

The arrests of the chief executive officer of Ikea France, Stefan Vanoverbeke, and chief financial officer, Darius Rychert, come after more than a year and a half of investigations.

Jean-Louis Baillot, the former head of Ikea France is also being questioned, the BBC reports.

In April 2012, the company acknowledged practices in breach of its ethical standards and overhauled its management team the following month.


Ikea withdraws almond cakes after faeces scare

Ikea has encountered another food contamination problem after revealing that traces of coliform bacteria have been found in two "isolated production batches" of a cake produced for its restaurants. It's a bacteria found in faeces.

Horse DNA was also found in Ikea's meatballs Credit: Press Association

Ikea says the UK and Ireland are not among the 23 countries affected. The bacteria was found in almond cake with chocolate and butterscotch, from one supplier in Sweden. In a statement the company said:

"There is no health risk associated with consuming this product. The production batches have, as per safety and quality routines, been tested for bacteria that can cause health issues, such as E.coli, and none of these pathogen bacteria have been found.

"However, since the product does not comply with our strict food quality standards we have decided to withdraw the concerned production batches from sale in the 23 affected countries."

Russia 'finds horsemeat in sausages from Austria'

Russian officials said horsemeat has been discovered in sausages imported from Austria, the state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Russia’s agriculture watchdog announced that although the sausages were labelled as 100 per cent beef "the presence of horse DNA was discovered".

The sausages are believed to have been supplied by an Austrian company, the agency added.

IKEA pulls mince meat products from Swedish supplier

IKEA has stopped selling all minced meat products. Credit: Matt Morton/PA Wire

IKEA has stopped selling all minced meat products from its main Swedish supplier over horsemeat concerns.

IKEA said the move was an "extra-precautionary measure".

As well as withdrawing Familjen Dafgard's IKEA-branded wiener sausages from its stores in France, Spain, Britain, Ireland and Portugal, it has stopped selling stuffed cabbages and veal burgers in Sweden.

The announcement comes two days after the world's No. 1 furniture retailer took its trademark meatballs off the menu.


IKEA withdraws wiener sausages after horsemeat tests

IKEA withdrew its traditional meatballs earlier this week Credit: PA Wire

Furniture giant IKEA is withdrawing wiener hot dog sausages in the UK after tests found "indications" of horsemeat, just days after it withdrew a batch of its traditional meatballs.

The Swedish company said it was removing the sausages from sale in Britain, France, Spain, Ireland and Portugal as an "extra-precautionary measure" as they are produced by the same supplier as the meatballs.

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.

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
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