Ikea Recalls Meatballs From Czech Republic After Horse Meat Is Found

Ikea Recalls Meatballs From Czech Republic After Horse Meat Is FoundIkea has withdrawn meatballs from sale in 14 European countries after tests in the Czech Republic found traces of horsemeat in a batch made in Sweden. Meatballs from the same batch had been sold in many states, including the UK, France and Portugal, the retailer said.

‘Halting all sales of meatballs’

Ikea’s announcement on Monday came after the Czech State Veterinary Administration said horsemeat had been found in 1kg (2.2lb) packs of meatballs manufactured in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there.

In a posting on its Swedish Facebook page, Ikea first confirmed it was halting all sales of meatballs at its stores in the country. Later, the company announced that meatballs from the affected batch of meatballs had also been sent to Ikea stores in Slovakia, Hungary, France, the UK, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and the Republic of Ireland.

‘Traces of horsemeat’

Ikea insisted that it had not found any horsemeat during in-house tests on its own range of food products, carried out two weeks ago, but said new tests would now be carried out.

Also on Monday, the Spanish agriculture ministry announced that traces of horsemeat had been found in beef pasta meals produced by brands owned by Nestle. A statement on the Swiss company’s website said it was withdrawing six “La Cocinera” products and one “Buitoni” product from shops in Spain, and that it had halted all deliveries from the meat supplier, Servocar.

Nestle said testing continued across its products, a week after it announced that it was withdrawing two types of beef pasta meals from supermarkets in Italy and Spain which had been supplied by a company in Germany, H J Schypke.

How widespread do you think is this horsemeat affair in Europe? Would you eat “beef” products that contain horsemeat?

Source: BBC News

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Lone Udinese Fan Captures Hearts Of Italians

Lone Udinese Fan Captures Hearts Of ItaliansA football fan has stolen media attention in Italy after being the only supporter to show up to watch his club play an away game in the top league.

‘Local fans booed me’

Udinese fan Arrigo Brovedani was the club’s sole supporter in Genoa for a Serie A match against local team Sampdoria. The 30-something wine merchant found himself alone in the visitors’ section. But Sampdoria stewards gave him coffee and home fans invited him for a drink after the match.

Mr Brovedani told the BBC he had not expected to find many fellow supporters from Udinese, one of the smaller clubs in Serie A. It was a cold Monday night and Udinese never attracts more than 50 or 60 away fans.

“But I went there thinking I’d find five or six other people,” the Udinese fan said. “I went into the stadium while they [Udinese] were warming up. I shouted and said ‘hi’ to the team. When I went in the local fans booed me, I felt a bit offended. But in the end they clapped and invited me for coffee and a meal, and the club managers gave me a shirt. They wished me a merry Christmas.”


‘Only fan’

Genoa is about four hours’ drive from Friuli, where Udinese are based. But Mr Brovedani was in Genoa on business.

“I like the stadium there, it’s very similar to English stadiums,” he said. “I always take my flag and scarf around – they’re always in the car with me.”

Luckily for Mr Brovedani, Udinese won the match 2-0 and the team dedicated their victory to their only fan. He has been invited to attend its next home match on Saturday.

Do you admire Mr Arrigo Brovedani’s loyalty for his favorite team? Would you continue watching a game where you are the only fan who showed up?

Source: BBC News

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