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horsemeat found

Ikea halts the sale of its hot dogs in Russia

Published torsdag 7 mars 2013 kl 18.17
Photo: Maxim Marmur/Scanpix

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has stopped selling hot dogs in its 14 stores in Russia after horsemeat was detected in sausages from its local supplier, reports AFP.

Ikea said on Thursday afternoon that the tests confirmed the presence of horsemeat in sausages produced by meat processing company Remit.

"In this connection, the Ikea company has decided to halt the sale of hotdogs," it said in a statement. "Additional samples of hotdogs have been sent for analysis."

Last month Ikea withdrew meatballs from sale in some of its restaurants after it was suspected they contained traces of horse DNA, while Ikea this week stopped the sale in 23 countries of the Swedish supplied almond cakes that may contain coliform bacteria.

The alarm came from China earlier this week. Chinese authorities there have discovered and destroyed 1800 chocolate cakes with too high fecal bacteria. Today, the French Food Authority said it has received indications from Ikea about possible problems with the cakes.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson reiterates to news agency TT that the bacteria is not dangerous and anyone eating the cakes will not get sick.

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