IKEA meatballs are 56% beef and 28% pork. Photo: Lisa Helgesson/SR

India "bans IKEA meatballs"

Swedish furniture firm IKEA is planning to go into the Indian market in a big way, but the authorities there have told IKEA that quite a few traditional products found elsewhere will not be allowed.

As well as meatballs, 15 product lines have been rejected by India's foreign investment panel, reports news agency AFP. These include gift items, fabrics, books, toys, consumer electronics and food, according to the Economic Times.

IKEA will also not be allowed to operate as a bank.

If true this will mean IKEA going into India as a purely furniture-selling operation. The company plans to open 25 stores, via setting up a new subsidiary, Ingka Holdings.

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