Following a day where IKEA recalled and suspended its Swedish Meatballs in 21 countries in Europe, the retailer has now added Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic to this list.


“As a cautionary measure, we have temporarily halted sales in all countries that have received deliveries from our Swedish supplier so that none of our customers have to feel worried,” IKEA spokeswoman, Ylva Magnusson said in a phone interview with The New York Times.

Does no one worry that they are buying processed meats in the first place. In one of my favorite culinary quotations of all-time, Otto Van Bismark remarked, “The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they’ll sleep at night”

As someone who has watched C-SPAN and worked in a butcher shop I couldn’t agree more. Lips an anuses are a primary ingredient in both.

Familjen Dafgård, the Swedish supplier that processes most of IKEA’s meatballs, are the ones most people are pointing their fingers at but the CEO doesn’t see it that way, “We have been tricked; it’s a criminal act that’s behind this,” Mr. Dafgård was quoted as saying by Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

This trickery and duping doesn’t stop there. The real trickery and duping exists in the IKEA catalog. They have made millions of people think that their furniture is not only easily assembled, but attractive.

And where did this disdain for horse meat begin in the first place? Horse meat is high in glycerine, making it sweet to eat. Americans, unaffected by this so called “scandal”, would undoubtedly be leading the charge against horse meat when they should be demanding more horse meat. If Jimmy Dean’s Microwavable Chocolate Chip Pancake Wrapped Sausage on a Stick were made from made from horse meat, perhaps they would be able to skip the included maple syrup dipping sauce owing to horse meat’s inherent sweetness. The same goes for the McGriddle sandwich. Additionally, are we led to believe that the famed, and ultimately cannibalistic, Donner Party didn’t first eat their horses before their children? To be a fly on the wall of that Donner dinner party, “Eh, I prefer the sweetness of the horses.”

Steak Tartare named after Genghis Khan’s horsemen, the original Steak Tartare  that is, was certainly not prepared from cow. Rather from a horse, an animal whose meat didn’t carry tuberculosis or tapeworms making it safer to eat.

While IKEA may have revenue upwards of $35 billion annually, its empire pales in comparison to Khan’s and his horse eaters. Rather than reining it in, perhaps they should be adding more sweet meat to their meatballs, it would certainly eliminate the need for Lingonberry jam as a condiment and accompaniment.