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Ikea Serves Horse Meat in Their Swedish Meatballs

February 25, 2013

AJC – Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram (2.2 pound) packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms (1,675 pounds) of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. Magnusson said meatballs from that batch were taken off the shelves in Ikea stores in all those countries. Other shipments of meatballs were not affected, including to the U.S., even though they all come from the same Swedish supplier, Magnusson said.

“Our global recommendation is to not recall or stop selling meatballs,” she said.

Look, if you’re willing to buy a $2 hot dog or some $4 Swedish meatballs, you can’t be surprised if you get a little taste of Secretariat too. If I buy a gas station burrito or eat at any Taco Bell on the planet I’m pretty happy if there’s not glass or human remains in the food. It’s a goddamn MIRACLE if I’m not on a toilet making Old Faithful look like a fucking leaky faucet within an hour of either of those options. So calm down Ikea shoppers. The fact that you like cheap shit means you have to put up with the bit of Flicka that didn’t end up in a glue factory in your shitty meatballs. Your literally buying the cheapest new furniture on the planet. Go out to a fucking Outback Steakhouse after if you want a piece of meat that wasn’t tenderized by a jockey at some point. And maybe DON’T EAT FOOD IN A FURNITURE STORE. Would you go to Office Depot to get some jambalaya? Didn’t think so.

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