This past weekend Swedes woke up to news of a pork contamination in the moose lasagna previously sold at their local IKEA stores — in addition to 18 other European countries. Reuters reported that a little over 17,000 packs of the frozen entrees were quietly pulled from shelves after they were found to contain pork.
According to the Associated Press, it wasn't until Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet brought attention to the almost three-week-old discovery that the furniture super-retailer acknowledged the matter. Depending on the source, there was 1.4 to 1.6 percent pork found in the lasagna. Retailing at 19 Kronor (about $2.96) each, it was available for purchase roughly a month before it was recalled.
IKEA has been making headlines for various food recalls since the start of 2013. Early last month, The Telegraph and other outlets reported that coliform bacteria was discovered in two batches of almond cakes with chocolate and butterscotch from one Swedish supplier. 23 countries, among them Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and the United Arab Emirate, issued recalls.
Before that, the company's Swedish meatballs tested positive for horse meat, resulting in a recall that affected two dozen or so countries, including Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Known as elk to Europeans, moose is not an uncommon food source in Sweden.
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