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China seizes Ikea cakes due to bacteria

Published tisdag 5 mars 2013 kl 17.30
Photo: Annette Friberg/Scanpix

Chinese authorities seized and destroyed 1,800 cakes, imported from Sweden to Ikea outlets in China, after discovering bacteria in them, says Ikea’s press officer Sara Paulsson.

According to the newspaper Shanghai Daily, authorities discovered almost two tons of chocolate containing high levels of fecal bacteria. But according to Ikea, it was close to 1,800 cakes which contained another form of bacteria.

"It is a process engineering type of bacteria, says Sara Paulsson, press officer at Ikea. "And she says they haven't drawn any conclusions as of yet, but are investigating the matter."

Paulsson adds that this is about cakes that were delivered from Sweden to China and stopped at customs and destroyed back in November, 2012. She says this particular product was made by Swedish supplier Almondy which also supplies products to Swedish Ikea. However, it's not the exact same product in Sweden as the one in China, she says.

Ikea as well as other companies have been hit hard recently by having horse meat mislabeled as beef in its products. And now that bacteria has been found in their cakes, many wonder if Ikea has good controls. Paulsson says they do not know if it is the fault of the supplier or somewhere along the food chain. But it is something they must check on.

"There is nothing that we know for sure today. We will send the samples to independent test laboratories to ensure that products are safe and have a high quality and comply with all laws and regulations. We take full responsibility for everything we sell; it must have good quality and in this case, be safe to eat."

She adds that these cake products have never been sold in the stores.

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