No problem with cakes here, says Ikea
Ikea Hong Kong yesterday moved to assure customers that the affected batch of almond cake pulled from its restaurants worldwide is not being sold at its stores in the city.
On Tuesday, the Swedish furniture giant withdrew batches of almond cake from restaurants in 23 countries after Chinese authorities said they contained coliform bacteria, normally present in faecal matter.
Mainland authorities also disclosed that they had destroyed nearly two tonnes of chocolate cake imported by Ikea for violating food quality standards.
But Ikea Hong Kong made clear that customers in the city were not affected and that none of its almond or chocolate cake had to be recalled from its stores here.
"The affected batch of almond cake in question was not sold at any of our stores in Hong Kong at all," an Ikea spokesman said yesterday.
The spokesman also clarified that the production batches being sold in the city's stores have, as per safety and quality routines, been tested for bacteria that can cause health issues, such as E coli, and that "none of these pathogen bacteria have been found". "There is no risk associated in consuming this product," the spokesman said.
"For our food products that are sourced from local suppliers, we conduct regular quality checks to ensure that all products meet the local regulatory requirements," he said.
A government spokesman for the Centre for Food Safety confirmed Ikea's stance, saying that according to the information provided by the company, the affected batch of the product had not been imported into the city.
"We will closely monitor the situation and maintain close contact with the mainland authorities in the future. Appropriate actions will be taken whenever necessary," a department spokesman said.
The cake, made by a Swedish supplier, is sold in Ikea stores in a majority of the countries where it operates.
Ikea last week pulled its trademark meatballs off the shelves in 25 countries after Czech authorities found traces of horse DNA in a batch of 1kg bags of frozen meatballs.