– Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram (2.2 pound) packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms (1,675 pounds) of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves. Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. Magnusson said meatballs from that batch were taken off the shelves in Ikea stores in all those countries. Other shipments of meatballs were not affected, including to the U.S., even though they all come from the same Swedish supplier, Magnusson said. “Our global recommendation is to not recall or stop selling meatballs,” she said.
So much talk about horse meat these days with this whole European crisis. Folks: if you’re buying 25-cent meatballs from a Swedish discount furniture supplier, don’t be surprised if they’re chock full of horse meat.
Actually, let’s set things right right now: if you eat anything meat-based from IKEA, you’re either poor, stupid, or both. The last time hot dogs costed 50 cents George Washington was grilling up Ballpark’s on his way across the Delaware. That’s not how actual food things cost in the 21st century, so yeah obviously IKEA is stuffing those things with horse meat and Styrofoam. Hell, we’d be lucky if those hot dogs only contain horse. There’s probably three different breeds of rat, stray dog, and a few missing children ground up in that shit.
But hey, at least Philadelphia chefs are staying ahead of the curve. While most American restaurants are stuck in the stone ages still using cows and pigs, Philly’s cooking up one of the few horse meat dishes in the country. Thanks, Obama.