Bacteria-infected cake sold in Swiss Ikea stores


by Malcolm Curtis|The Local Switzerland|March 11, 2013

Ikea’s restaurants in Switzerland sold 720 chocolate almond cakes containing coliform bacteria, contrary to previous declarations by the furniture and furnishings retailer.

The Swiss branch of the multinational chain issued a statement on Monday correcting information released last week that bacteria-infected cakes were not sold at its restaurants in the wake of a scandal in China.

Chinese authorities said on Tuesday that they destroyed almost 1,900 kilograms of the same cake imported by Ikea from Swedish supplier Almondy because of excessive levels of coliform bacteria.

Ikea said the cakes were seized by quarantine officials in China back in November and December 2012 but the company’s Swedish head office only learned about it last week.

“The product was stopped and destroyed,” Associated Press quoted Ikea spokeswoman Yiva Magnusson as saying.

“So none of our cakes made it to our restaurants.”

On March 5th, Ikea nonetheless said it was pulling the cakes from its cafeterias in 23 countries, including Switzerland.

In its latest statement, the company recognized that bacteria-tainted cakes were, in fact, sold in its Swiss restaurants last autumn.

“Additional research subsequently conducted revealed that 720 cakes carrying the the incriminating expiry date, liable to contain bacteria were sold in Swiss restaurants six months ago,” Ikea said.

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