Horse meat found in hot dogs at Russian Ikea store

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Furniture giant Ikea pulled hot dogs from its stores in Russia after tests showed they contained horse meat, according to news reports. The tests were conducted on locally produced hot dogs, and only affect the Russian market, the company said.

In February, Ikea stopped sales of its meatballs in 21 European countries after food inspectors in the Czech Republic found horse meat in Swedish meatballs. The frozen meatballs were labeled as containing beef and pork. Hotdogs are not sold in US locations, the company said.

"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," the company said in a statement on its US website. "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."

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