IKEA finds horse meat in Russian hot dogs


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Swedish furniture giant IKEA is pulling hot dogs from its stores in Russia after tests showed they contained horse meat.

The tests confirmed horse meat in hot dogs produced by local meat processor TF Remit, according to Reuters.

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The recall only affects hot dogs sold in Ikea's 14 stores in Russia.

But it's just the latest in bad news for the world's No. 1 furniture retailer.

Ten days ago, the company suspended sales of its Swedish meatballs after testing in the Czech Republic revealed traces of horse DNA.

On Tuesday, IKEA said it was withdrawing its almond cake with chocolate and butterscotch from its restaurants in 23 countries after traces of coliform bacteria were found in two batches.

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The bacteria is normally found in fecal matter.

In a statement today obtained by CNN, IKEA said it had undertaken wide-scale testing of its meat products from different suppliers in all its markets.

"The vast majority of these tests show no indication of horse meat. However, there are also a few tests that do. In those cases we remove the product from sales," the statement read.

"IKEA Group is committed to serving and selling high quality food that is safe, healthy and produced with care for the environment."

Russia found horse meat in a shipment of frankfurters to Austria last week, according to AFP.