Ikea's Meatball Mess Spreads to 24 Countries
Meanwhile, frozen burger sales take huge dive in UK
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 26, 2013 12:25 PM CST
Burger sales are way down in Europe.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Ikea's horse-meatball mess continues to grow. The retailer has now stopped offering meatballs in 24 European countries, der Spiegel reports. The company explained in a statement that, "The sales stop concerns meatballs manufactured by one supplier in Sweden and applies to all European countries except for Norway, Russia, and a limited number of products in Switzerland and Poland." But is something nefarious afoot? That supplier today announced that 320 tests carried out this month haven't turned up any horse meat. "We've been duped, there is a criminal act behind this," said the head of the company, reports the Local.

Meanwhile, as Britain frets over horse meat, burger sales have taken a serious slide: Frozen beef burger sales dropped 43% in the country in the four weeks ending Feb. 17, Sky News reports, while sales of frozen meals sank 13%. The figures come from the first retail report following the scandal. The drop is the result of both consumers' beef avoidance and retailers' removal of products.

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Mar 1, 2013 2:49 PM CST
Love IKEA's meatballs, horse meat or not. Can it be any worse than the hormone laden beef (and chicken) that is allowed in the U. S. where it's banned in most western countries? Has anyone examined what is in food products imported from China! YUCK! At least horse meat isn't laden with toxins.
Feb 27, 2013 5:21 AM CST
The Company "Dafgårds" have admitted that several tests have shown from 1 % to 10% of horse meat......It is sad for this old family company....but they have most likely been duped ..... Guess that it is the same East European gang behind as with Findus scandal.... Since the EU opened up ...we have much less control of what is sold as food....from where it comes etc...
Feb 27, 2013 4:15 AM CST
BOLLA HEST anyone? Horse Balls!