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Ikea Removing Sausages From European Stores After Horse Meat Detected

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This picture taken on Feb. 25, 2013 shows meatballs at IKEA department store in Brno. Ikea pulls meatballs from 14 European countries after horsemeat was found in the product by Czech authorities. (credit: RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)

This picture taken on Feb. 25, 2013 shows meatballs at IKEA department store in Brno. Ikea pulls meatballs from 14 European countries after horsemeat was found in the product by Czech authorities. (credit: RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (CBSDC) — Ikea is now removing wiener sausages from stores across Europe after tests confirmed “a few indications of horse meat.”

CBS News is reporting that the stores affected are in France, Britain, Spain, Ireland and Portugal. The move comes two days after the Swedish home furnishings company removed its Swedish meatballs from stores due to horse meat.

“Based on some hundred test results that we have received so far, there are a few indications of horse meat,” company spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson told The Associated Press. “Together with the Swedish supplier in question we have decided to withdraw from sales also the wiener sausages … from that supplier.”

Stores in the United States and Canada are not affected because their meatballs come from a different supplier.

Horse meat has recently been found in beef across Europe in a scandal that authorities say is part of fraudulent labeling. Officials added the horse meat does not pose a health risk.

In Portugal alone, authorities have seized 87 tons of beef products containing horse meat and have now ordered criminal proceedings against five local companies.

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