Furniture giant Ikea is stopping sales of its frozen meatballs in European markets in a growing scandal over the possible presence of horse meat in the chain’s signature dish.
The retailer is doing so as a precaution, after reports surfaced that the meals contained horse meat. Inspectors in the Czech Republic said they made the discovery; the company says its tests have been negative but announced it will continue to investigate.
They were available in 13 different European markets.
Ikea said the withdrawal will not impact stores in the U.S. and Canada.
“Based on the results of our mapping, we can confirm that the contents of the meatballs follow the Ikea recipe and contain only beef and pork from animals raised in the U.S. and Canada,” an Ikea spokeswoman said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.