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Horsemeat detected in Ikea frozen meatballs

25 February 2013

IKEA have withdrawn a batch of frozen meatballs labelled as beef and pork as health inspectors said they had detected horse meat in them. The meatballs are sold in 13 countries, including Cyprus

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said the meatballs had been dispatched to Cyprus, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece and Ireland.

Magnusson said meatballs from that batch have been taken off the shelves in Ikea stores in all those countries. Other shipments of meatballs were not affected, she added.

Tests in the Czech Republic confirmed the presence of undeclared horsemeat in meatballs, with horse meat also being found in Polish beef burger distributed by Bihvest Czech Republic.

According to information from the Irish authorities, some horsemeat declared as beef may have been imported to the Czech Republic from Ireland.

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