Horse Meat Scandal's Latest Victim: Ikea Meatballs

Czech authorities find tainted meat destined for store restaurants

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 25, 2013 6:57 AM CST | Updated Feb 25, 2013 7:45 AM CST

(Newser) – Ikea is the latest and most unlikely name to be dragged down in Europe's widening horse meat scandal. Czech veterinarian authorities today said they found horse meat in packaged Swedish meatballs destined for sale in restaurants inside the furniture giant's stores, reports the AP. The meat was labeled as beef and pork, and was produced in Sweden, notes Sky. Affected meatballs were also found on sale in Belgium, Britain, the Netherlands, and Portugal, adds Reuters; about 1,675 pounds of meatballs have been yanked from stores in the Czech Republic alone.

The Czech veterinary authority said Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 it detected horse meat in meat balls labeled as beef and pork imported to the country by Ikea.
The Czech veterinary authority said Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 it detected horse meat in meat balls labeled as beef and pork imported to the country by Ikea.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Swedish meatballs, now with horse meat.
Swedish meatballs, now with horse meat.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
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