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Ikea chocolate cake contaminated by SEWAGE: Officials in China destroy two tonnes of confectionary after disgusting discovery

  • Chinese  authorities found cake contained high levels of coliform  bacteria
  • Nearly two  tons of the chocolate almond cake was destroyed last year
  • The company  was caught up in the horsemeat scandal last week

By  Steve Nolan

PUBLISHED: 09:37 EST, 5  March 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:57 EST, 5 March 2013

 

Almost two tons of cake imported by Swedish  firm Ikea to China have been destroyed after authorities found it contained  bacteria present in sewage.

Quarentine officials in Shanghai confirmed  that 1,872kg of chocolate almond cake imported by the company contained  excessive levels of coliform bacteria which is found in human faeces.

The news comes just a week after Ikea became  embroiled in the horsemeat scandal.

Fresh food scandal: Cake imported to China by Swedish firm Ikea failed to meet food hygiene standards, officials have said 

Food scandal: Cake imported to China by Swedish firm  Ikea failed to meet food hygiene standards, officials have said

The company had to withdraw meatballs from 24  countries last week over fears that they could contain horse DNA.

Ikea spokesman Ylva Magnusson said that the  cakes were destroyed in November and December but the company’s head office had  only found out about it on Monday.

She said: ‘The product was stopped and  destroyed. So none of the cakes made it to our restaurants.’

She added that the supplier has tested the  same batch of almond cakes and found no presence of E. coli or human intestinal  bacteria.

The cake, which is made by a Swedish  supplier, is sold in Ikea stores in the majority of countries that it operates  in.

A statement released by Ikea said that the  product has now been withdrawn from 23 countries – but added that the UK and  Ireland are not affected.

It read: ‘Traces of coliform bacteria have  been found in two isolated production batches of Almond cake with chocolate and  butterscotch, produced for the Restaurant, from one supplier in Sweden.

‘There is no health risk associated with  consuming this product.

‘The production batches have, as per safety  and quality routines, been tested for bacteria that can cause health issues,  such as E.coli, and none of these pathogen bacteria have been  found.’

 

Coliform bacteria can be found in soil,  vegetation, water and everyday human environments, as well as in the faeces of  humans and warm-blooded animals.

Not on sale: The firm had already had to remove meatballs from 24 countries because it was feared that there could be horse DNA in them 

Not on sale: The firm had already had to remove  meatballs from 24 countries because it was feared that there could be horse DNA  in them

The Shanghai quarantine bureau said this week  that Kraft cream cheese and 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars also were among  dozens of imported products destroyed in its latest round of quality  inspections.

Chinese authorities have stepped up food  inspections in recent years after a series of scandals over fake or shoddy  goods.

The Nestle chocolate apparently contained too  much sorbitol, a sweetener that in large amounts can cause bowel problems, the  agency said in a statement.

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