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Ikea Defends Its U.S. Meatballs

Reeling from the news that meatballs in some of its European stores contain horsemeat, Ikea issued a press release assuring customers that its U.S. meatballs come from American and Canadian suppliers, and contain only beef and pork.

The Swedish furniture chain, with U.S. operations based in Conshohocken, Pa., says that it has mapped all its meat sources, and that “all beef and pork from the U.S. and Canada must comply with USDA guidelines.” Last week, the company yanked meatballs off the menu in 21 European countries, after Czech inspectors found traces of horsemeat, while the meat undergoes further testing.

Tesco and Nestle have also been stung by horsemeat problems in recent months.

Tags: food, pr, retail
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