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No Horsemeat In Our Meatballs - IKEA Malaysia

SIGNATURE DISH: Meatballs sold in IKEA Malaysia contain only beef from Australia, the company saysSIGNATURE DISH: Meatballs sold in IKEA Malaysia contain only beef from Australia, the company saysKUALA LUMPUR: There is no horsemeat in the meatballs sold by IKEA Malaysia here.

This was confirmed by IKEA Damansara store manager Roszalena Mashurdin on Tuesday.

"Meatballs sold in IKEA Malaysia contain only beef from Australia. The meatballs are halal certified and produced locally in Malaysia.

"None of our ingredients are produced by the affected suppliers.

"We do not tolerate any other ingredients than the ones stipulated in our recipes or specifications, secured through set standards, certifications and product analysis by accredited laboratories," she said in a statement.

However, as a precautionary measure, Roszalena said the company has issued a temporary sales stop of meatballs at the IKEA Swedish Food Market and IKEA Restaurant pending results from DNA testing.

"We expect the test results middle of next week to confirm that there are no indications of horsemeat in the meatballs," she said.

Her statement came in the wake of the Swedish furniture giant being dragged into Europe's widening food labeling scandal on Monday after the Czech State Veterinary Administration claimed that horsemeat was found in Swedish-made one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs that were shipped to the Czech Republic for sales in IKEA stores there.

The frozen meatballs were labeled as beef and pork. The Czech authority said a total of 760 kilograms of the meatballs had been stopped from reaching the shelves, Australia's AAP reported.

The report had quoted IKEA spokesman Ylva Magnusson as saying that meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland, but they have since been taken off the shelves in the IKEA stores there.

Magnusson added that other shipments of meatballs were not affected, including to the United States, even though they all come from the same Swedish supplier.



- mD

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