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Ikea Withdraws Meatballs In 14 Countries Over Horse-Meat Discovery

An Ikea outlet in the United States (file photo)
Swedish furniture giant Ikea has withdrawn some of its meatballs in 14 European countries after horse meat was discovered in the Swedish-made product in the Czech Republic.

On February 25, Czech inspectors said they had found horse DNA in meatballs made in Sweden for Ikea while testing samples collected at the company's branch in the city of Brno.

The meatballs were labeled as containing beef and pork.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch have been pulled from shelves in Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, and Ireland.

She said other shipments of meatballs were not affected.

The scandal over mislabeled horse meat began in Europe last month, after horse DNA was found in frozen burgers labeled as beef in British and Irish supermarkets.

It has led to a series of product withdrawals and sparked government investigations into the food-processing industry.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP