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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, which 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. 

Charles February 26, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I have no problem eating horse meat. Have done so many times in Europe.
Brian L. February 26, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Ok, I can see that as being a problem. I see the quotes you put, but where did you pull that from? I'd like to read a little more.
WorriedParent February 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/23/17059607-horse-meat-in-the-us-unlikely-but-tests-are-rare?lite Also discussing how the US is trying to lift the ban on slaughtering horses in the US, to bring horsemeat back to the market. I know this may be some people's cup of tea but not mine! Yuck!
Nightcrawler February 26, 2013 at 05:01 PM
As I understand it, horse is one of the few alternative meat sources available that doesn't taste like chicken.
Stevie Janowski February 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM
IKEA is low rent anyway, not sure why anyone would shop there and then expect the food to be good.

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