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Horse meat found in IKEA meatballs

Published On: Feb 25 2013 10:33:08 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 25 2013 10:25:44 AM EST
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Furniture giant IKEA is stopping sales of its Swedish meatballs after a report they contain horse meat.

Food inspectors in the Czech Republic found traces of horse meat in batches of frozen meatballs, The Associated Press reported.

The product was available in at least 14 different European countries -- Sweden, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland.

IKEA is recalling the suspicious meatball batch out of precaution. The company told BBC News its own tests have not shown any traces of horse meat.

IKEA is the latest company caught up the horse meat scandal in Europe.

It began in Ireland last month, when authorities found horse meat in some products labeled as beef.