Swedish furniture store Ikea is the latest to be implicated in the horse meat scandal that has shaken European consumers. Beginning in Ireland last month, horse meat was discovered in several beef products. Ready-to-eat meals in several countries have been recalled, such as frozen beef lasagna in Sweden, which consisted of between 60 and 100% horse meat.
Horse meat was found in Ikea's popular meatballs, and stores have stopped selling them in the Czech Republic and 13 other European countries. Other locations, which have different meat suppliers, are continuing to sell the meatballs in the in-store cafeteria and as frozen food, packaged for purchase.
The world's largest furniture retailer posted a statement on its website to reassure U.S. customers:
IKEA US Meatball Content is Only Pork and Meat Products
IKEA is committed to serving and selling high quality food that is safe, healthy and produced with care for the environment and the people who produce it. We do not tolerate any other ingredients than the ones stipulated in our recipes or specifications, secured through set standards, certifications and product analysis by accredited laboratories.
In the "pink slime" scandal last year, which accused U.S. beef manufacturers of using an ammonia-infused additive, Beef Products Inc. was, similarly, on the defensive.
- Ikea claims that its own tests revealed no horse DNA. Did the company do the right thing by pulling the meatballs?
- Assess Ikea's statement to U.S. customers. What is effective about this response, and what, if anything, could be improved?
- What does "[sic]" mean in the statement above? What is the issue?