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Australian Meatballs Unaffected By Horsemeat Reports In Europe
26/02/2013 03:00 PM
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[National]  Meatballs in Australia have been unaffected by horsemeat reports in Europe. The meatballs in question are manufactured by one supplier in Sweden and only affect some countries in Europe.
Australian meatball suppliers are in no way involved, and the meatballs sold at IKEA in Australia are 100% Australian meat made from a combination of Australian beef and Australian pork.

The IKEA Group has taken an extra-precautionary measure by issuing a temporary sales stop of meatballs in parts of Europe. The sales stop concerns meatballs manufactured by one supplier in Sweden, who supplies meatballs to several European countries.

The trust of our customers is of utmost importance which is why the IKEA Group has withdrawn the concerned production batch of meatballs in Europe.

The IKEA Group 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.

Q&A’s

Where are IKEA meatballs sold here in Australia produced?
Meatballs sold within IKEA stores across Australia are produced in Australia only – and contain 100% Australian meat.

How many IKEA meatballs suppliers are there globally?
There are 16 suppliers of IKEA meatballs globally. There is only one supplier for IKEA Stores in Australia.

What type of meat is in IKEA meatballs?
IKEA meatballs are based on Swedish recipes and contain beef and pork. We do not tolerate any other ingredients than stipulated in our recipes or specifications.

Has IKEA conducted any of its own analysis?
The IKEA Group are continuously performing tests on their meat products. Two weeks ago, the IKEA Group initiated DNA analyses of all meat products in the range. Of the 12 tested samples of different batches of meatballs, the results showed no traces of horsemeat. IKEA will now implement species identification for beef and pork mince.

Can IKEA guarantee that their meatballs do not include horsemeat?
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. We do not tolerate any other ingredients than the ones stipulated in our recipes or product specifications, secured through set standards, certifications and product analysis by accredited laboratories. We are continuously performing tests.

Are there other products sold and served at IKEA that can include horsemeat?
Today, test results have not shown any indications of horsemeat in our other products. We are continuously performing tests.

How many customers in Europe have possibly eaten the meatballs showing indications of horsemeat?
The IKEA Group are at this stage unaware of the period of time that the contaminated meatballs were available for sale and are investigating this further.

ENDS


For more information, please contact Gray Management Group:
Cathy McHugh
0412 515 819 | 08 8363 4496
cathy@graymanagementgroup.com.au
Emma Niven
0401 742 693 | 08 8363 4496
emma@graymanagementgroup.com.au

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