Now On Sale At IKEA: Horse-Free Meatballs

Via The Local:

Swedish meatballs are once again being sold at IKEA, with the Swedish furniture giant promising customers its version of the classic Swedish dish is now free of horsemeat.

“From now on we are doing DNA-tests on all meat at three different levels. At delivery, under production, and when the meatballs are finished. The number of suppliers has shrunk from 15 to seven”, IKEA Foods CEO Edward Mohr told the TT news agency on Thursday.

Mohr added that the new meat in IKEA’s Swedish meatballs currently comes only from Germany, but that Sweden and Ireland will soon serve as supplying countries as well.

The news comes three weeks after Ikea banned the sale of meatballs in stores across Europe after tests in the Czech Republic found traces of horsemeat in the Swedish retailer’s meatballs.

Mohr admitted IKEA “hadn’t lived up to customers’ expectations” by selling meatballs containing horsemeat.

It remains unclear what IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad thinks about the episode.

“To be honest, I don’t know. I haven’t spoken with him”, Mohr said.

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