Horse meat found in Ikea meatballs manufactured in Sweden

The British horse meat scandal is widening again, as a food inspectors announced Monday that they had found traces of horse meat in Ikea meatballs, which were manufactured in Sweden.

The meatballs were tested by Czech inspectors and were said to be made of beef and pork on the package, reports BBC News.

Some meatballs from that same batch had already gone out to stores in Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland, an Ikea spokesperson told The Associated Press.

The finding prompted the Ikeas in Sweden to stop serving meatballs in their stores, reports AP. The company also said it would remove the meatballs from its store shelves in Europe.

This horse meat finding comes after horse meat was found in some burger patties sold in England and the U.K. and then in pre-packaged frozen lasagnas sold in U.K. grocery stores. Those lasagnas were labeled as containing “100 per cent beef.”

The findings also prompted Sodexo, one of the largest food providers in Britain, to withdraw ground beef from schools, hospitals and the Armed Forces, reports The Telegraph.

EU officials were scheduled to meet Monday to discuss labeling rules.

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