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Ikea withdraws Wiener sausages as they await horsemeat DNA tests

It comes just two days after the Swedish furniture giant pulled meatballs from shelves after horse DNA was found.

Image: (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

DAYS AFTER WITHDRAWING their meatballs after traces of horse DNA was found, Ikea has withdrawn their Wiener sausages from a number of stores, including Ireland and the UK.

A spokesperson for Ikea would not confirm to this afternoon if horsemeat was found in their Wiener sausages as they are currently awaiting test results.

The Swedish furniture giant’s spokesperson added they were taking the sausages off the shelves as “a precautionary measure”.

In a follow-up statement, the Ikea group said the sale of Wiener sausages in France, Spain, Portugal, the UK and Ireland will be impacted by the decision.

The company said a “large number of tests” had been performed on meatballs on the initiative of different authorities and its Swedish supplier.

“Together with the Swedish supplier in question, we have decided to withdraw from sales the wiener sausages, which contain minced meat from pork and beef, from that supplier.

“This is an extra-precautionary measure until we have results for the tests we are performing on all our products containing meat.

“The trust of our customers is of the utmost importance to us. We want to offer the most accurate information and this is why we are taking the extra-precautionary measure for meatballs and wiener sausages.”

-Additional reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll

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