Ikea cake recall: Ikea recalls cakes in 23 countries over bacteria contamination, China destroys tons of cakes

By on Mar 6, 2013 in Asia, Australia, Europe, Food, Lifestyle, World Comments

Ikea announced a voluntary recall of its almond cakes in 23 countries, after tests revealed that the cakes have been contaminated with coliform bacteria, a type of bacteria found in water waste and other wastes in the environment. Tons of cakes have been destroyed in China due to the same concerns.

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According to BBC News on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Ikea has withdrawn and stopped its sales of the affected almond cakes. This is after Chinese customs authorities conducted sample tests and revealed that the food did not meet the country’s standard on hygiene.

As noted in the report, Ikea claimed that consumption of the contaminated cakes, which were imported by the company from its Swedish supplier, does not pose health risk, adding that no pathogenic bacteria, such as E coli – which is considered dangerous to humans, was found during the tests.

“Traces of coliform bacteria have been found in two isolated production batches of almond cake with chocolate and butterscotch, produced for the Restaurant, from one supplier in Sweden.” Ikea was quoted in a statement, adding that China destroyed around 1,872 kg (4,100 lbs) of chocolate almond cake last December.

As noted at Independent.co.uk, the 23 countries affected are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.

And although Ikea has 18 stores in UK, the company emphasized that UK, Sweden, and Ireland are not affected in the cake recall. These almond cakes are not being sold in Sweden. This Ikea cake recall comes a week after Czech Republic authorities said they found horsemeat on their meatballs, wherein they also issued a recall.



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