Ikea has become the latest company to be forced to withdraw meat from stores after they were found to contain horse DNA.
The Swedish furniture giant announced that it has taken a batch of frozen meatballs off sale in its food section following tests in the Czech Republic discovered traces of horse meat.
The company's products were manufactured in Ikea's Scandinavian homeland and were labelled as beef and pork but officials at the firm were adamant that its own controls had not flagged up any problems. The organisation currently has 18 outlets across the UK and sells the Swedish delicacy within its produce section.
Ikea stated that only one batch was being withdrawn and that it was only acting as a precautionary move pending more tests. However, the product line will remain on sale and the retailer has maintained that it does not affect the meatballs that are served in its in-stores restaurants.
The company said in a statement: "Already two weeks ago, Ikea Group initiated DNA analyses of all meat products in the range. Twelve tested samples of different batches of meatballs showed no traces of horse meat.
"To validate the test results, we are now initiating further tests on the same production batch in which the Czech Republic authorities found indications of horsemeat."
Ikea has become the latest company to be caught up in the scandal which has engulfed the UK in recent weeks. Major businesses such as Findus and Tesco have already admitted that they sold products which contained equine DNA. A batch of the former's beef lasagne was discovered to contain up to 100 per cent horse meat and has sent shockwaves through the country.
Retailers have placed the blame firmly at the door of suppliers in mainland Europe with nations like France and Ireland coming under fire. The government has already condemned the action of these companies, with prime minister David Cameron stating that senior executive of major supermarkets should be made to give media interviews to explain themselves.