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Fouled food found at Ikeas in France, Russia

The Local · 7 Mar 2013, 17:57

Published: 07 Mar 2013 16:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Mar 2013 17:57 GMT+01:00

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It emerged on Thursday that cake products sold in the cafeterias of Ikea stores in France had been found to contain intestinal bacteria.

"Up to 6,000 portions may have already been consumed," Marie Taillard of France's National Food Agency in Paris told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Taillard said that the finding has been confirmed by Ikea and that further tests are being carried out.

"We need a deeper analysis and we're looking into the situation across the whole of France," she added.

"The most important thing is that no more cakes are left out on the shelves."

Media in France, a country normally known for its high cuisine, has had a field day with the finding, with several news agencies referring to the delicacies as "tarte au caca Ikea" - or "Ikea shit cakes".

On Tuesday, health authorities in China confiscated nearly two tonnes of chocolate cakes imported from Sweden by Ikea after finding high levels of bacteria commonly found in the human intestinal tract.

Concerns about bacteria contamination prompted Ikea to ban sales of the cakes in 23 countries.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson told the TT news agency that two batches of cakes produced by Almondy in Gothenburg may be contaminated with the bacteria.

"They are produced for our restaurants, now for the Swedish Food Market," she explained.

The product is not sold in Ikea stores in Sweden and Magnusson emphasized that the bacteria detected does not pose a health hazard and that eating the cakes will not make people sick.

Meanwhile, sausages sold at a Russian outlet of the Swedish retailer have been found to contain horsemeat.

"The horsemeat has been found in locally-produced sausages," Ikea spokeswoman Sara Paulsson told the TT news agency.

While horsemeat is a legal ingredient in the country, it must be clearly stated on the food's packaging.

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Russian authorities have pointed the finger at Austria for supplying the meat in question.

There are 14 Ikea stores across the country and in the last week, sausages containing horsmeat have surfaced at two different outlets, according to AFP.

The tests revealing horsemeat in Ikea's sausages were carried out by the company, according to Paulsson, who added that it remains unclear if Ikea will change suppliers.

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Your comments about this article

19:11 March 7, 2013 by EtoileBrilliant
First a Swedish food company, now IKEA - call it a coincidence if you care?
20:16 March 7, 2013 by CDRoth
Sounds like deliberate sabotage in the supplier's factory.
21:27 March 7, 2013 by Phillynilly
When I go shopping at Ikea I I get so hungry I could eat a horse
22:12 March 7, 2013 by byke
Best headline title of the local .... Ever!
06:32 March 8, 2013 by rybo1
Horse meat I can understand, but s??t cakes are a bit overboard.
11:13 March 8, 2013 by johnny1939
I like horse meat. When I was a child smoked horse meat was common it tastes like smoked reindeer and nobody is bitching about that. What is the difference between cows and horses anyway? I think cows are cute too.
09:20 March 10, 2013 by salalah
They are very ecological. First they take care of unwanted horses without any mileage left in them but with enough meds to keep us high for months or even to sterilize us. Then they take care of the horse sh**t and fill the cakes with it. Or maybe it was a conspiracy to sterilize or poison the poor masses who buy this kind of food.
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