March 6 - Another food scare hits Swedish furniture chain IKEA as bathches of its almond cakes are reportedly confiscated by Chinese authorities in Shanghai. Ciara Sutton reports.
Another week, another food scandal for Ikea. Batches of its almond cakes have been confiscated by Chinese authorities after they were found to contain high levels of bacteria. And reports are circulating that the type of bacteria could be linked to faecal contamination. A Chinese news agency says the Shanghai quarantine bureau has destroyed nearly two tonnes of the imported cakes. The fresh scare for the Swedish furniture chain comes after it halted nearly all sales of its meatballs across Europe and parts of Asia after tests showed some contained horsemeat. Western brands in China are often regarded as safer and higher quality than their Chinese peers. But Kentucky Fried Chicken's highly publicised food safety scandal badly hurt its reputation in China And Ikea customers are now wary. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 35-YEAR-OLD HOUSEWIFE SUN WEI SAYING: "We rarely take our child to eat KFC now. And we will be even more cautious now IKEA has the same problem" (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 18-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE STUDENT GAO YING, SAYING: "It's unbelievable, hearing these reports of faecal bacteria in their cakes. It's hard to believe such a big name brand would offer food with faecal bacteria." Some stores in China are continuing to sell the cakes. But IKEA has reportedly launched an investigation to find the source of the bacteria. The fallout from the growing food safety scandal looks far from over.