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Horse Meat Found in Ikea's Swedish Meatballs

And horse meat continues its stampede into the world's food system:

MeatballThe Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms (1,675 pounds) of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. Magnusson said meatballs from that batch were taken off the shelves in Ikea stores in all those countries. Other shipments of meatballs were not affected, she added.

However, the company's Swedish branch announced on its Facebook page that it won't sell or serve any meatballs at its stores in Sweden out of concern for "potential worries among our customers."

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  1. I must be missing something, but why does everyone freak out over horse meat if you already eat cow, pig, and chicken meat? Do meat-eaters somehow hold horses to be more sacred than cows?

    Posted by: jlavoy | Feb 25, 2013 9:57:35 AM

  2. Horse meat is eaten in pretty much all non UK European countries. Has been since forever

    Pretty much only UK, US, Australia, Israel, & Canada out of all the world consider horse meat taboo

    Israel is understandable due to kosher laws but UK, US, Australia, & Canada = ? Though US , Aus, Canada being former colonies of Uk help explain why is horse meat so taboo throughout Uk history while the rest of europe has always eaten it and can find it in any supermarket plainly labeled horse meat

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 25, 2013 10:07:22 AM

  3. Apparently, JLavoy, even though we've all seen the videos and the hundreds of vegan animal cruelty posts elsewhere and how cows, chickens, pigs, etcetera all have feelings and are sentient and are intelligent. And Asians eat anything that swims, crawls, or flies, and that includes dogs and cats. And fish feel pain too. Blah blabbety blah. Factory farming is despicable and people have been conditioned to think that mass-produced convenience foods are normal, so until you change a global economic system and a growing model of social norms, you're not going to change anything. At the very least, the processed meats from the slaughtered horses should have been eaten so they won't have just been killed for nothing. Or send them to Italy where they would at least do the meats justice. Packaged frozen IKEA meatballs indeed. THAT is the insult.

    Posted by: ESA | Feb 25, 2013 10:08:39 AM

  4. I vote neigh neigh neigh on horsemeat. It is said that Sarah Jessica Parker was raised on it, and well you know what happened there.

    Posted by: niles | Feb 25, 2013 10:31:24 AM

  5. In fairness... I'm relieved it's only horsemeat in those meatballs.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Feb 25, 2013 10:39:07 AM

  6. @Mozs, Canadians eat horsemeat. In some provinces it is really common.

    @JLavoy, there are 2 really big concerns outside of those who don't like the idea of eating horses: (1) No one is pinpointing the source of this meat/these horses so there is concern that these horses may be diseased, etc and (2) Medication contamination like with bute (a pain medication given to race horses that should not be eaten by humans.) Bute has already been found in the Irish findings (where this DNA search first started.) Horses farmed for food should be raised like any other meat meant for human consumption so no dangerous drugs given to the animals or diseased/dying animals. These may all be discards from other industries.

    Posted by: unruly | Feb 25, 2013 11:13:20 AM

  7. One of the main problems with the horsemeat is that most of it wasn't intended for the butcher. There is meat from race horses and riding horses with drugs not permitted in food. So it is not only a huge scandal concerning wrong labeling but also a health risk. This is also the reason why the meat is so cheap. The frauds not only safe disposal of the cadavers they even make some money of it. In my country (Austria)horse meat can be bought from some butchers and also some meatloafs popular in Austria and Germany are with horsemeat.

    Posted by: coexxi | Feb 25, 2013 11:22:03 AM

  8. I suppose it's a "cheap" cut of meat that's otherwise very tough to chew, so the quality is considered low. It's like a rip-off and the controversy does extend into France and other horse eating countries. It's like being served dog food.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 25, 2013 11:23:07 AM

  9. The problem (it is in all North Europe and other parts of Europe as well) isn't the horsemeat itself, but the lack of information in the product. Horsemeat is cheaper and the companies have made more proftits by selling the meat as something else.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 25, 2013 12:19:21 PM

  10. @ Unrully

    yes, should have mentioned british Canada it is taboo....french canada is very acceptable

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 25, 2013 1:41:21 PM

  11. Why are they pulling it? Horse meat isn't poison. They're probably just going to send the meatballs over here cause we really don't care.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Feb 25, 2013 3:34:55 PM

  12. Swedes eat horse meat anyway. As a half-English half-Swede I find it all really OTT. You should of course expect a product to be what it says it is, but it's so much fuss over nothing to me

    Posted by: danswon | Feb 25, 2013 4:59:03 PM

  13. Any unexpected ingredient points to a lack of quality control at best, and malicious evasion at worst. Who knows what kind of horses are in that meat, and who knows what other critters are in there?

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 25, 2013 5:30:15 PM

  14. Is that why the taste so good...

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 25, 2013 5:53:14 PM

  15. I love a boy with big meat balls and horse meat.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 25, 2013 8:05:03 PM

  16. So what?

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 25, 2013 8:50:41 PM

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