Breaking News

Horse meat found in Ikea meatballs

by Staff Reporter
25 February 2013 | 4227 Views
STOCKHOLM - 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 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, she added.

However, the company's Swedish branch announced on its Facebook page that it won't sell or serve any meatballs at its stores in Sweden out of concern for "potential worries among our customers."

Magnusson said Ikea saw no reason to extend that guidance globally. She said Ikea was conducting its own tests of the affected batch. She also said that two weeks ago Ikea tested a range of frozen food products, including meatballs, and found no traces of horse meat.

Ikea's stores feature restaurants and also sell typical Swedish food, including the so-called Kottbullar meatballs.

European Union officials were meeting Monday to discuss tougher food labeling rules after the discovery of horse meat in a range of frozen supermarket meals such as burgers and lasagna that were supposed to contain beef or pork.

The Czech authority also announced Monday that it found horse meat in beef burgers imported from Poland during random tests of food products.

Spanish authorities, meanwhile, announced that traces of horse meat were found in a beef cannelloni product by one of the brands of Nestle, a Switzerland-based food giant. The Agriculture Ministry said it was a case of fraudulent labeling but represented no health threat.

In a statement on its website, Nestle Spain said that after carrying out tests on meat supplied to its factories in Spain it was withdrawing six "La Cocinera" products and one "Buitoni" product from store shelves.

It said it was taking the action after the traces of horse meat were found in beef bought from a supplier in central Spain. Nestle said it was taking legal action against the company, adding that the products would be replaced by ones with 100 percent beef.

Some EU member states are pressing for tougher labeling rules to regain consumer confidence.

The 27-nation bloc must agree on binding origin disclosures for food product ingredients, starting with a better labeling of meat products, German agriculture minister Ilse Aigner said.

"Consumers have every right to the greatest-possible transparency," she insisted.

Austria backs the German initiative; but others like Ireland say existing rules are sufficient although Europe-wide controls must be strengthened to address the problem of fraudulent labeling.

The scandal has created a split between nations like Britain who see further rules as a protectionist hindrance of free trade under the bloc's single market, and those calling for tougher regulation.

Processed food products ' a business segment with traditionally low margins that often leads producers to hunt for the cheapest suppliers ' often contain ingredients from multiple suppliers in different countries, who themselves at time subcontract production to others, making it hard to monitor every link in the production chain.

Standardized DNA checks with meat suppliers and more stringent labeling rules will add costs that producers will most likely hand down to consumers, making food more expensive.

The scandal began in Ireland in mid-January when the country's announced the results of its first-ever DNA tests on beef products. It tested frozen beef burgers taken from store shelves and found that more than a third of brands at five supermarkets contained at least a trace of horse. The sample of one brand sold by British supermarket kingpin Tesco was more than a quarter horse.




Such discoveries have spread like wildfire across Europe as governments, supermarkets, meat traders and processors began their own DNA testing of products labeled beef and have been forced to withdraw tens of millions of products from store shelves.

More than a dozen nations have detected horse flesh in processed products such as factory-made burger patties, lasagnas, meat pies and meat-filled pastas. The investigations have been complicated by elaborate supply chains involving multiple cross-border middlemen.

meatballs Horse meat

Source: AP

Should Miss World Zimbabwe have been dethroned?

Yes
36.17%
No
59.04%
Not sure
4.79%
188

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Grace Mugabe attacks Tomana - First Lady Grace Mugabe today condemned...

by Thobekile Zhou | 01 July 2015 | 1052 Views

Mugabe almost fled Zimbabwe after 2008 elections - President Robert Mu...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 1346 Views

Declare this day a national holiday - Born on 1 July 1917 Joshua Nkomo...

by Leonard Koni PDZ ( Spokesperson) | 01 July 2015 | 1431 Views

MQABUKO!

by Lima | 01 July 2015 | 1548 Views

Botswana police arrest suspected killer of the Zezuru woman - Police h...

by Staff Reporter | 01 July 2015 | 2164 Views

'Restoration of Mthwakazi is coming,' says MLF - The Mthwakazi Liberat...

by Stephen Jakes | 01 July 2015 | 1260 Views

Grace Mugabe resumes her controversial rallies

by Thobekile Zhou | 01 July 2015 | 3740 Views

Zimbabwean man may have been eaten by crocodile in South Africa - A Zi...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 2164 Views

Mugabe 'very concerned' about developments in Lesotho - President Rob...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 1732 Views

Joshua Nkomo was against secession - THE late Vice President Joshua Nk...

by Auxilia Katongomara | 01 July 2015 | 1783 Views

DStv adds new channel for Zimbabwe viewers

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 3328 Views

Zimbabwean armed robbers jailed for life in South Africa - TWO Zimbabw...

by Patrick Chitumba | 01 July 2015 | 2849 Views

Soldier rapes job seeker - A MARRIED 25-year-old soldier was yesterda...

by Thandeka Moyo | 01 July 2015 | 2371 Views

Sex scandal: Pupils drop out as makeshift boarding closes - AN Agrite...

by Leonard Ncube | 01 July 2015 | 2450 Views

Dabengwa reveals plot to blow Joshua Nkomo out of the sky - THE late V...

by Nduduzo Tshuma | 01 July 2015 | 2999 Views

Pastor jailed for bedding a 15 year old girl, while testing her v*rgin...

by Tendai Rupapa | 01 July 2015 | 3925 Views

SA-registered truck nabbed with illicit drug in Zimbabwe - A truck dri...

by Daniel Kachere | 01 July 2015 | 3124 Views

Dubious offside beneficiary feel Gadzikwa turned into scapegoat - DYNA...

by Mbachi Mutukula-Maregere - Eddie Chikamhi | 01 July 2015 | 3307 Views

Another pupil vanishes in Emganwini - POLICE in Bulawayo are cracking ...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 3236 Views

Cops throw missiles during Dynamos-Bosso match - FOUR Zimbabwe Republ...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 3315 Views

Man dumps wife for giving birth to disabled baby - A HARARE man yester...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 2892 Views

One-year-old sues Mohadi, Chihuri - Chingwizi villagers are suing Home...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 3008 Views

Harare Town Clerk suspended - Harare Town Clerk, Dr Tendai Mahachi has...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 2954 Views

Temba Mliswa battles to save property

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 2616 Views

Tsvangirai, Saruwaka dress down Zanu-PF MP at funeral - Trevor Saruwak...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 3363 Views

US condemns MDC-T poll boycott - Zimbabwean opposition parties must p...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 2546 Views

Obama snubs Mugabe - Barack Obama the United States President will not...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 4613 Views

Mujuru allies under siege - Sources said yesterday that Zanu-PF hardli...

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 3143 Views

Entertainment

Rihanna Duct Tapes Floyd Mayweather's Mouth Shut at BET Awards

by Staff Reporter | 30 June 2015 | 5229 Views

Professor wants out of Kalawa - KWAITO star Professor wants out of Ka...

by Staff reporter | 30 June 2015 | 4057 Views

Jeys Marabini exposed - ON stage he dazzles fans with a hard unforgett...

by Mbongeni Msimanga | 28 June 2015 | 6202 Views

Zimbabwe bans bare breast exhibition - THE Censorship Board has banned...

by Staff reporter | 26 June 2015 | 8336 Views

Lovemore Majaivana and the Township Music of Zimbabwe - The story of L...

by Themba Nkabinde | 26 June 2015 | 6881 Views

New Miss Zimbabwe to be crowned - Annie-Grace Mutambu will be crowned ...

by Staff reporter | 26 June 2015 | 4400 Views
iBlog

Ios 9 Features Inspired By Android

apple announced ios 9 on monday, and while watching the keynote, i had just a little bit of déjà vu. most of ios 9's new features seem to be squarely aimed at apple's biggest rival in mobile: android. specifically, they were about catching up to ... Read More
Sergey 13 June 2015 ago

Greatsoftline For All Of Your Software Needs

coupon and promo codes: greatsoftline for all of your software needswhile some online sellers have promotional services that reduce the overall amount you spent, others do not .you need to be on the lookout for the best outlets in order to chase th... Read More
ITnews 25 February 2015 ago