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Meatballs containing horsemeat have been sold in IKEA stores in the UK but have now been withdrawn, a Czech spokesman for the furniture retailer has confirmed.

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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.

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