IKEA Almonds are withdrawn from Chinese markets as its cakes were found contaminated with ‘Human Fecal Bacteria’ or ‘Bacteria found in Human Stools’.
The furniture is easy to assemble. And the reputation even easier to disassemble. IKEA is withdrawing chocolate almond cakes from its stores in 23 countries after high levels of bacteria were detected in China.
Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday (March 5) that Shanghai custom agents burned two tons of the cake. They were confiscated after two batches of the cake were found to contain high levels of the coliform bacteria in December.
[Gao Ying, College Student]:
“It’s unbelievable when I heard this news reporting (IKEA food) contains fecal bacteria in their cakes. It’s unimaginable that such a big name brand would offer food with fecal bacteria.”
Coliform bacteria itself isn’t dangerous, but its presence could mean that other harmful bacteria from the soil, water or fecal matter could be present.
Ikea says its supplier did not find the more dangerous E. coli bacteria in the cake.
The tainted almond cakes come right on the heels of another scandal. IKEA has stopped sales its world famous Swedish meatballs after tests in the Czech Republic showed some contained horsemeat. They’ve been pulled off the shelves throughout Europe and Asia.
Consumer faith in China is on the decline. After years of struggling with a slew of tainted food products made in China, foreign name brands have also been scandalized. Most recently the Chinese suppliers of chickens to KFC’s Yum Brands and McDonalds were discovered to contain small amounts of chemical residue.
There have so far been no reports of anyone getting sick from the IKEA almond cakes.