Chinese health authorities have seized and destroyed large amounts of Ikea chocolate cakes imported from Sweden after they failed sanitary quality checks in China.
The cakes were found to contain an excessive level of the coliform bacteria, reports Chinese news site Shanghai Daily, which can indicate faecal contamination.
Chinese customs seized 1,800 cakes imported from Sweden, an official from Ikea told Sveriges Radio.
“We are continuing our talks with the Chinese authorities and we are investigating if this could have happened along the way or if the problem lies with the provider,” said Sara Paulsson from Ikea Sweden to the news agency TT.
Ikea told Sveriges Radio that the cake comes from the company Almondy, which has its Swedish head office in Torslanda, Gothenburg. Ikea also told TT that the product is not sold on the Swedish market.
In a press release issued on Tuesday afternoon, Almondy said that there were no bacteria in its cakes when they left Sweden.
“Almondy continually tests all production batches to ensure that there is no contamination of bacteria which are or may be pathogenic, particularly salmonella and E.coli. Not one of these analyses has shown positive results and we can therefore conclude that there were no bacteria in our cakes when they left our bakery.”
Last week Ikea also made headlines after horsemeat was found in its Swedish meatballs.
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