Breaking News

Horse meat found in Ikea meatballs

by Staff Reporter
25 February 2013 | 3588 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 Zimbabweans be deported from the UK?

Yes
26.21%
No
71.84%
Not sure
1.94%
206

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Deportation of Zimbabweans increases - THE deportation of Zimbabweans ...

by Sukulwenkosi Dube | 20 April 2014 | 26 Views

Woman raped while having sex with lover in a car - A 24-year-old woman...

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2014 | 75 Views

Stolen car found involved in accident - A CITY man is counting his los...

by Robin Muchetu | 20 April 2014 | 72 Views

Families fight over Mangwe chieftaincy - A CHIEFTAINSHIP wrangle has e...

by Sukulwenkosi Dube | 20 April 2014 | 44 Views

Violent clashes at MDC-T meeting - THE beleaguered MDC-T was on Thursd...

by Vusumuzi Dube | 20 April 2014 | 96 Views

'Armed' robbers acquitted - TWO suspected armed robbers who were dragg...

by Walter Mswazie | 20 April 2014 | 95 Views

6 women on a stealing spree - Six Bulawayo women including one who is ...

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2014 | 113 Views

Woman nabbed for selling mbanje - A 56-YEAR-OLD Maphisa woman has been...

by Nobuhle Nyoni | 20 April 2014 | 70 Views

Pastor rape accuser lied to 'fix' him - A SEVENTH Day Adventist (SDA) ...

by Thulani Ndlovu | 20 April 2014 | 129 Views

Mugabe tell businesspeople to repay their loans - PRESIDENT Mugabe has...

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2014 | 129 Views

Brother kill brother in fight over house - TONGOONA is Shona for "we w...

by Robin Muchetu | 20 April 2014 | 214 Views

Prophet Makandiwa brings Harare to a standstill - Zimbabwe's capital, ...

by Staff reporter | 20 April 2014 | 295 Views

Abortion drug abused - A CLOSELY-KNIT clique of doctors and pharmacist...

by Vusumuzi Dube | 20 April 2014 | 154 Views

Mine owner 'buries' 16 gold panners - SIXTEEN gold panners from Empres...

by Freedom Mupanedemo | 20 April 2014 | 236 Views

Zesa engineers up in arms against ministry - Senior Zesa Holdings engi...

by Lincoln Towindo and Tinashe Farawo | 20 April 2014 | 159 Views

Australian tourist found dead in Zim hotel - WORKERS at a leading Bula...

by Staff Reporter | 20 April 2014 | 2392 Views

Mugabe's health under spotlight again - PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's heal...

by Staff Reporter | 20 April 2014 | 3416 Views

Deadly gun battle erupts in Ukrain - Slavyansk - Three pro-Russian mil...

by Staff Reporter | 20 April 2014 | 1231 Views

Easter is not biblical - its pagan worship - Easter is a day that is h...

by Beta Sheunesu | 20 April 2014 | 2430 Views

Jaure's 7 match ban controversially terminated - PATSON Jaure's seven-...

by Staff Reporter | 20 April 2014 | 1620 Views

Tsvangirai should learn from Joshua Nkomo's blunders

by Vince Musewe | 20 April 2014 | 2634 Views

Another MDC-T official suspended - Information coming from MDC-T Bula...

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 3618 Views

SA based Chimurenga musician release album

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1878 Views

Son stabs mum to death - A LOVING relationship between a sick mother a...

by Staffr eporter | 19 April 2014 | 4494 Views

Please help restore sanity at Siansundu Sec School (Binga district) - ...

by Former teacher | 20 April 2014 | 2512 Views

21 die, 163 injured in road accidents

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 2813 Views

Prophet Makandiwa's Judgment Night 2 ready to roll - The biggest pente...

by Lovemore Chikova | 19 April 2014 | 1703 Views

Angola airline to increase Zimbabwe, Luanda direct flights - Angola's ...

by Staff reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1013 Views

Entertainment

Deborah Fraser jets in

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1712 Views

All-white party for Dongo - Soulful singer Trevor Dongo is set perform...

by Jonathan Mbiriyamveka | 18 April 2014 | 2120 Views

Tuku Greatest Hits Concert postponed - Oliver Mtukudzi's Greatest Hits...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2014 | 1473 Views

'Corruption is betrayal of the values of the liberation struggle' says...

by Jonathan Mbiriyamveka | 16 April 2014 | 1918 Views

Stand Up comedian to record one man show in Zimbabwe - Daliso Chaponda...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2014 | 1263 Views

L'Vovo Derrango billed for Bulawayo show - THOSE attending the Zimbabw...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 16 April 2014 | 1372 Views

Artist Profile - Interview with D2X

by Staff Reporter | 14 April 2014 | 1720 Views

Generations actor's Bulawayo show flops

by Showbiz Reporter | 14 April 2014 | 6263 Views

Mukanya gets 'wild' applause - Self exiled legendary musician Dr Thoma...

by Staff reporter | 13 April 2014 | 5397 Views

Freshlyground to perform in Zim's HIFA after insulting Mugabe - South...

by Arts reporter | 13 April 2014 | 3726 Views

Generations' actress draws big crowd

by Staff Reporter | 13 April 2014 | 5708 Views
iBlog

Get Ex Love Back In Your Life +919828027633

If you are looking for happiness, prosperity, success, and health in your life then ahmed molvi ji is the right stoppagehe helped many peoples who have lost their track to live life, who were depressed and specially helped addicted person to lead a n... Read More
ahmedmolvi 18 April 2014 ago

Yet Another Wave Of Digital Destruction Is Coming

Malware fever keeps on raging, taking sophisticated forms to wreak havoc around the worldwide web. even if your system is guarded thoroughly, you are still skating on thin ice, so you should better keep your eyes open and think twice before you make ... Read More
SecNews 02 March 2014 ago