Swedish supplier finds source of Ikea horsemeat

Ikea's main Swedish meatball supplier announced on Monday that it had traced horse-tainted meat to another Sweden-based supplier with links to slaughterhouses in Poland.

Swedish supplier finds source of Ikea horsemeat

Gunnar Dafgård AB, the main Swedish meatball supplier for Ikea stores in Europe, announced on Monday that following 1,000 DNA tests it had found the source of the horsemeat.

“We’ve traced the horsemeat to a Swedish supplier who had contracted with two Polish slaughterhouses,” Ola Larsson, spokesman for Dafgård, told The Local.

“At this point, however, we don’t know where exactly in the chain the crime took place.”

Dafgård has presented its findings to relevant authorities and has contacted its lawyers, in addition to filing a formal complaint with the police.

The company had initially denied that its products contained any horsemeat, but retracted the statement on Wednesday when in-house tests revealed traces of between 1 and 10 percent of the offending meat.

The company has now claimed to be making a push to ensure the meat mix-up will not occur again.

“We’re working together with the relevant authorities and industry organizations to ensure nothing similar occurs in the future,” Magnus Dafgård, company CEO, said in a statement.

“We have a real understanding of our customers’ concerns. Now that the meat has been traced to a supplier, we have prevented the raw meat from that supplier from being sold and have carried out further tests.

“We would like to emphasize that this is purely a precautionary measure,” he added.

The horsemeat scandal has made headlines around Sweden for the past few weeks ever since meat from Swedish supplier Findus was found to contain horse in products around several European countries.

The scandal widened last week when horsemeat was found in meatballs sold by Ikea, prompting the Swedish furniture retailer to launch a massive recall of the iconic Swedish dish, as well other meat products.

The products containing the horsemeat have since been recalled from Swedish supermarkets and sent to waste factories to be converted into biogas.

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Danish Ikea store shelters staff and customers overnight during snowstorm

Heavy snowfall left 31 people looking for a spare cushion at the Aalborg branch of Ikea on Wednesday as they were forced to spend the night at the store.

A file photo at Ikea in Aalborg, where 31 people stayed overnight during a snowstorm on December 1st 2021.
A file photo at Ikea in Aalborg, where 31 people stayed overnight during a snowstorm on December 1st 2021. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Anyone who has found themselves wandering the mazy aisles of an Ikea might be able to empathise with the sense of being lost in the furniture store for a seemingly indefinite time.

Such a feeling was probably more real than usual for six customers and 25 staff members who were forced to spend the night at the furniture giant’s Aalborg branch after being snowed in.

Heavy snow in North Jutland brought traffic to a standstill and halted public transport in parts of the region on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in a snow-in at Ikea.

“This is certainly a new situation for us,” Ikea Aalborg store manager Peter Elmose told local media Nordjyske, which first reported the story.

“It’s certainly not how I thought my day would end when I drove to work this morning,” Elmose added.

The 31 people gathered in the store’s restaurant area and planned to see Christmas television and football to pass the evening, the store’s manager reported to Nordjyske.

“Our kitchen staff have made sure there is hot chocolate, risalamande, pastries, soft drinks, coffee and the odd beer for us in light of the occasion. So we’ll be able to keep warm,” he said.

“We couldn’t just send them outside and lock the door behind them at our 8pm closing time. Absolutely not. So of course they’ll be staying here,” he added.

The temporary guests were given lodging in different departments of the store in view of the Covid-19 situation, Nordjyske writes.

“For us , the most important thing was to take care of each other and that everyone feels safe,” Elmose said.

At least Ikea’s stranded customers and staff had somewhere comfortable to lay their heads.

The same can unlikely be said for around 300 passengers at the city’s airport who had to stay overnight at the terminal.

The airport was forced to stop flights from 2:30pm yesterday amid worsening weather, which also prevented buses from transferring passengers to hotels.

“We have around 300 people in the terminal right now and have been giving out blankets on the assumption they will be staying here tonight,” Aalborg Airport operations manager Kim Bermann told Nordjyske.

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