Logo 468

Job section - 468

Ikea cakes fail health inspection

Ben Kendall 2013-03-05

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.

Related articles

2013-02-27 11:56 
Horsemeat found in Dafgård's tests

2013-02-26 11:46 
Horsemeat scandal: ready-cooked dishes to be tested in Gothenburg

2013-02-25 12:28 
Ikea stops meatball sales following horsemeat report

Post comment     Tip a friend     Print

News 620w

Burglars invade home of murdered man

On the morning of April 23, 2015, police were alerted to a residence in Saltholmen where relatives had...


Police presence at Stena Line Germany Terminal

For the second time this week, a large police presence gathered on Friday at Stena Line’s Germany...


19 and 20 year old sentenced for serial robberies

Two men, aged 19 and 20 years old, have been sentenced for twelve brutal robberies in Gothenburg which...


Cleaning up Gothenburg’s water ways

Government and non-profit organisations have been busy cleaning up trash and litter from Gothenburg’s...


Kjell Bergqvist supports refugees at Central Station

Actor Kjell Bergqvist made his feelings known at Tuesday night’s Hela Sverige Skramlar event when he...


New bank notes today

Today, October 1, is the day that Sweden’s new bank notes are released to the public. The notes will be...


Charity gala raises SEK40m for refugee crisis

Comedians, TV personalities, a renowned professor and more than 60 artists took part in last night’s...


Some rice products high in arsenic

By FASTILY (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

New recommendations. Sweden’s National Food Agency has found “fairly high levels” of arsenic in some rice and rice products. It now recommends that children shouldn’t eat rice more than four times...


Converted attics can help tackle housing shortage

On Tuesday Gothenburg’s Planning Committee (Bygnadsnämden) is expected to make a decision on plans...


Rare eclipse seen from Gothenburg

Early on Monday morning a rare supermoon lunar eclipse was visible in Sweden and across Europe.

“It was...


Housing providers charge big fees for housing refugees 

Transitional accommodation providers are charging the City of Gothenburg around 2,000 kronor per person per...


Strong summer for hospitality industry

Despite poor weather during large parts of June and July, the hospitality industry in West Sweden had a...


Mölndal and Gothenburg join to help unaccompanied children

The increasing stream of unaccompanied children to the region is now so great that in an unprecedented...


Gothenburg’s book fair opens today

Scandinavia’s largest literary gathering begins in Gothenburg today. The book fair annually attracts...

More articles 620w

Big interest for Lindholmen’s big skyscraper

Human remains discovered in Lärjeån

Destitute in Sweden

Gothia Cup spreads to China

Rail ‘abnormality’ disrupts train services

Media calls for active diplomacy in Dawit Isaak case

Johansson says thanks, but no thanks

Children went missing from school

First lobsters fetch only SEK10,000

Government presents budget for 2016

BRG 300

Most read

Search Search help

BRG Expat Guide

Main Partners 620