Ikea to Investigate Feather Producers
Swedish furniture giant Ikea will look into whether feathers used in their products could have been plucked from live geese. Following an investigation carried out by journalists on the Swedish programme Kalla Fakta it was discovered that out of a large percentage of down producers pluck their feathers from live birds – a process which is said to be very painful.
Out of the 39 producers in Poland, Hungary and China which were contacted, 90 % answered that they use live geese.
According to Ikea, all the feathers and the down used in Ikea goods are bi-products of the food industry. Ikea also says that previous inspections of the producer had not yielded any reasons for concern, but that if it turns out live geese are used, it will not be acceptable.
Several other Swedish furniture and bedding chains have subsequently stated that they are ready to remove items from their stock, or at least sharpen the controls on feathers and down producers in the future.