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Statement regarding recent media coverage on our Elk lasagne

Statement regarding recent media coverage on our Elk lasagne

On 22nd March we received information from the Belgian authorities that one sample of LASAGNE ÄLG indicated the presence of pork. We took this very seriously and we immediately issued a sales stop according to our routines. We initiated an investigation and conducted further analyses in close dialogue with the Belgian authorities. On 5th April, a new test from the Belgian authorities confirmed the presence of pork in the concerned production batch. We are informing our customers accordingly.

Together with our supplier, we have implemented improvements to ensure that our products contain only ingredients declared on the packages. 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.

Questions & Answers

Where is the product sold?
LASAGNE ÄLG is sold in the Swedish Food Market in the following European countries: Hungary, Ireland, Finland, Poland, Austria, Portugal, Norway, Belgium, Great Britain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Spain, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, France and Sweden.

How many tests have been conducted?
Twenty-five tests of LASAGNE ÄLG have been conducted by IKEA along with two by the Belgium Authorities.

How much pork was found in the LASAGNE ÄLG?
Only one sample from a production batch (Best before date - 22nd January 2014) tested positive for pork, of which it showed 1.4%.

Are there any health issues related to the LASAGNE ÄLG?
Pork is in itself does not pose any health risks. However, we do not tolerate any other ingredients than the ones stipulated in our recipes or specifications, secured through set standards, certifications and product analysis by accredited laboratories.

Can I return the LASAGNE ÄLG which I bought at IKEA?
If any customers are concerned, they are welcome to return their LASAGNE ÄLG to IKEA and receive a refund.

How can customers trust that the rest of the IKEA food range does not contain undeclared pork?
We are developing a comprehensive standard with requirements on traceability, slaughter, deboning and processing of meat products. The standard is developed together with a quality assurance company, SGS, and is expected to be ready before the end of April 2013. The standard will be implemented during the next six months. Announced and unannounced audits together with tests and documentation will secure compliance.