This horse meat scandal just keeps getting more interesting. This time, the news is that those meatballs you enjoy so much at Ikea stores might not be 100% beef. Heck, they might not even be beef at all.
Don’t know what this is all about? So you just dropped in from Pluto? Let me give you the gist. Some greedy business folks in Europe have been stuffing horse meat in human food products while labeling them beef. This was first reported about six weeks ago, and it has been verified in several European countries.
This time, reports from BBC News, Yahoo! News and the Guardian point to a recall of Swedish meatballs in Ikea stores in the UK and other EU countries.
The contaminated meatballs were first detected in Ikea stores in the Czech Republic, and they came from a batch made in Sweden. Besides the Czech Republic, Ikea stores in Slovakia, Hungary, France, the UK, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and the Republic of Ireland also received meatballs from that batch.
The Czech report comes about two weeks after Ikea said in-house tests showed no horse meat contamination in its food products. Now, who you gonna believe? Considering how this all started, I’m siding with the Czech State Veterinary Administration.
Be careful what you eat, my friends. Be very careful!
One more thing to consider. Ikea operates its stores in the USA too. The question then is, What about meatballs sold in those US stores? Are they shipped in from Sweden too? If so, has the FDA done any tests to rule out or confirm horse meat contamination in them?