(NEW YORK) — Ikea says it isn’t horsing around with Swedish meatballs sold in the U.S.
The Scandinavian company, known primarily for its ready-to-assemble furniture, is now embroiled in the European horse meat scandal that has already put Burger King, Nestles and Tesco on the defensive about just what goes into its products after inspectors found their food contained equine matter.
According to meat inspectors in the Czech Republic, evidence of horse meat was found in Ikea’s Swedish meatballs that the company says are made from beef and pork. Over a dozen European countries make the product available to customers, but there are no additional reports of horse meat being found.
While Ikea tries to sort out the controversy abroad, it issued a statement on Monday that said all its frozen Swedish meatballs offered in the U.S. come from an American supplier and “contain only beef and pork from animals raised in the U.S. and Canada.”
The statement also said in part, “Ikea is committed to serving and selling high quality food that is safe, healthy and produced with care for the environment and the people who produce it.”
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Euan McKirdy, Bryony Jones and Barry Neild, CNN
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