Ikea withdraws sausages in some European stores
An advertisement for Ikea meatballs is pictured in the parking lot at an Ikea store in Malmo, Sweden on Monday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Johannes Cleris)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:10AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 27, 2013 8:25AM EST
STOCKHOLM -- Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea says it is withdrawing wiener sausages in France, Britain, Spain, Ireland and Portugal after tests confirmed "a few indications of horse meat."
The move comes two days after the company withdrew Swedish meatballs from stores across Europe and a handful of countries in Asia and the Caribbean.
"Based on some hundred test results that we have received so far, there are a few indications of horse meat," Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said Wednesday. "Together with the Swedish supplier in question we have decided to withdraw from sales also the wiener sausages ... from that supplier."
Horse meat has been found mixed into beef dishes sold across Europe, including in frozen supermarket meals. It has also been found in meals served at restaurants, schools and hospitals.