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  • 27 February 2013, 19:34

Ikea: Sausages Off Menu Over Horsemeat Fears

Furniture giant Ikea is withdrawing its wiener sausages from sale after tests found "indications" of horsemeat.

The discovery comes days after the company withdrew a batch of its traditional meatballs from British stores and elsewhere.

The Swedish company said it was removing the sausages from sale in Britain, France, Spain, Ireland and Portugal after tests confirmed "a few indications of horsemeat".

"Based on some hundred test results that we have received so far, there are a few indications of horsemeat. Together with the Swedish supplier in question we have decided to withdraw from sales also the wiener sausages ... from that supplier," an Ikea spokeswoman said.

The move comes two days after Ikea withdrew Swedish meatballs from stores across Europe and a handful of countries in Asia and the Caribbean after horsemeat was discovered by Czech authorities.

However, it said the move affected just one batch as a precaution pending further tests, and meatballs would still be available to buy in its stores.

A spokesman said on Monday: "Ikea is committed to serving and selling high quality food that is safe, healthy and produced with care for the environment and the people who produce it.

"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."

The meat scandal began in January when Irish food inspectors announced that they had found horsemeat in frozen beefburgers made by firms in the Irish Republic and the UK.

Since then, a growing number of stores and companies across Europe, including Findus and Nestle, have recalled beef ready meals after tests found they contained horse DNA.

Food sellers in the UK have been told by the Food Standards Agency to investigate their processed beef products to ensure they do not contain horsemeat.

 

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