I’m sure you’ve been following the horse meat scandal sweeping across Europe. The last report has it that meatballs sold in Ikea’s in-store restaurants in the Czech Republic also have horse meat in them.
But should you really be worried about horse meat in the beef products?
According to Karin Cerenius, an official at Sweden’s National Food Agency, who was quoted in a Yahoo! News article, you don’t have to worry if the amount of horse meat in your human food product is less than 1%.
In her own words, as reported on Yahoo! News:
If it’s less than 1 percent it could mean that they handled horsemeat at the same facility. If it’s more, we assess that it’s been mixed into the product.
I don’t know what to tell you, but how much is 1% of your average meat ball? The Czech report, which led to the recall of the Swedish meatballs, found horse meat in 2.2 pound (1 kg) packs of frozen meatballs. That’s 35.2 ounces. One percent of 35.2 ounces is 0.35 ounces.
That’s 0.35 ounces of horse meat in one 2.2 pound pack of meatballs. Is that enough to make you shove that plate of Swedish meatballs aside?