The Straits Times
Published on Feb 26, 2013

Ikea pulls meatballs in Asia, Dominican Republic


STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish furniture giant Ikea has expanded to 24 the number of countries where it has pulled its meatballs from sale over fears that the popular food could contain horsemeat, it said on Tuesday.

The Ikea-label meatballs have now been pulled from stores in Hong Kong, Thailand and the Dominican Republic in addition to the host of European countries announced on Monday, Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson told AFP.

"It's an important product for us, so the measure is significant but we don't want our clients to worry," she said.

She said that a German laboratory was currently testing the meatballs for traces of horsemeat, with the first results expected on Thursday.