Sweden's chicken glass mystery thickens

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Sweden's chicken glass mystery thickens

Bits of glass have been found in a package of Ivar’s brand frozen chicken in northern Sweden as well as a package of fresh chicken sold in a Coop supermarket in Ystad in the south of the country.


The discovery in Ystad marks the first known case of glass having been found in a package of fresh chicken.

At the weekend, a shopper at the Ica Supermarket in Mariehem in Umeå in northern Sweden purchased a package of Ivar’s brand chicken after returning another package of Kronfågel brand frozen chicken.

Ivar’s is another brand produced by the Kronfågel poultry company, which last week announced a recall of all frozen chicken sold under the Kronfågel brand.

“I managed to take a few bites before it started crunching,” the customer said to the Västerbottens-Kuriren newspaper.

A representative from Kronfågel showed up at the home of the customer from Umeå on Sunday afternoon to apologize and take the remnants of the chicken in for further analysis.

“We’ve made contact with the affected customer and are extremely relieved that she wasn’t injured,” Kronfågel spokesperson Jenny Fridh told the paper, adding that the incident has been reported to the police.

Management at the Ica grocery store where the contaminated chicken was purchased later decided to remove all Ivar’s chicken products from its shelves.

Meanwhile, a family in Ystad on Sweden's southern coast found a three to four millimetre long shard of glass in a one kilogramme package of fresh chicken sold under the Coop store label, according to the Ystads Allehanda newspaper.

Employees at the store were shocked to learn of the find.

“We’re removing all our chicken, both frozen and fresh, from the shelves and after that I’m going to put a stop to all chicken deliveries,” said Coop store manager Mattias Thulin to the newspaper.

Thulin wasn’t immediately certain from which company his store had purchased the chicken, but planned to investigate further.

On Monday, however, a representative from the Coop spokesperson Magnus Frisk confirmed that the fresh chicken was also purchased from Kronfågel.

He said the company had held a meeting on Monday to review the situation.

"We're having a meeting Monday afternoon to take a look at how we plan to react after this," Frisk told Ystads Allehanda


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