Horse meat Found in IKEA Meatballs, American Customers Concerned

The meatballs containing horse meat were not sold in the Schaumburg or Bolingbrook locations, the Associated Press reports.

Some IKEA Restaurant customers got more than they bargained for in the company's trademark Swedish Meatballs, Reuters reports.

The world’s leading furniture retailer, who also has restaurants in each store, has stopped selling its Swedish meatballs in 13 European countries after tests found horse meat in the food labeled as beef and pork, the Associated Press reports. The horse meat-laden meatballs were on sale in the Czech Republic, Britain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland.

Retuers reports there is no indication that horse meat is present in any other batches of meatballs, including those sold in the Schaumburg and Bolingbrook locations, although some American IKEA shoppers are skeptical.

“I am quite concerned about the horse meat that has been found in your meatballs in Czech Republic. Where are the meatballs that are sold in the U.S. made? What assurances can you make that they do NOT contain horse meat? I am considering throwing away the bag I have in the freezer and never buying/ eating them again,” Claudia Redman McCabe wrote on the IKEA USA Facebook page. 

Will you continue to eat the meatballs served at local IKEA restaurants? Tell us in the comments section. 

Joemama February 26, 2013 at 02:20 PM
If that's the worst thing they find in meatballs bring em on.
Mike K February 26, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Cow? Pigs? - why are these different from horses? Why is eating horse meat so taboo? People eat deer, antelope, elk, moose, buffalo...What's wrong with horse? I just don't get it.
Tom Lunde February 26, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I'm Norwegian and it couldn't be worse than eating lutefisk.
Craig Doherty February 27, 2013 at 09:13 PM
If that was horse meat in my IKEA meatballs, I'm gonna eat more horse from now on. I just have to get a bigger jar of Lingonberry jelly for a full meal. I actually thought they were made of wood chips and sawdust.


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