Put another loss on Ikea’s scoreboard, because this one is a major violation. Days after the Swedish furniture giant made news over its meatballs containing horse meat, comes the admission that its chocolate almond cakes held a bacteria found in feces.
Back in November and December, roughly 1,800 pounds of Ikea’s almond cake were headed for 23 of its restaurants, but were intercepted after tests run by Chinese custom officials revealed the pretty disgusting results. The treats contained an “excessive level of coliform bacteria, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.”
Oddly enough, Ikea’s head office didn’t actually learn of the situation until yesterday. “The product was stopped and destroyed. So none of the cakes made it to our restaurants,” said spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson.
A Swedish supplier provides the cakes, which are sold in most of Ikea’s locations around the world. The levels of bacteria were not harmful to enough to cause fecal contamination, but the products were removed for not complying with Ikea’s “strict food quality standards.” They are still deciding whether or not the menu item will be completely pulled indefinitely.
The company is among a host of big names exposed for the contents of their products, including Taco Bell which was found to be using horse meat in beef items sold at all three of its UK locations.