IKEA Stops Cake Sales After Bacteria Found

IKEA, not only a company known for offering consumers furniture, but also inexpensive dining and food shopping, ran into trouble as their almond cakes contained high levels of coliform bacteria. The bacteria that tested positive in the cakes imported from Sweden to China are found in everyday human environments such as soil, vegetation, and water, as well as in feces of humans and warm-blooded animal. This issue arises after horse DNA was found in frozen beef patties last month in Europe, causing many supermarkets to remove processed meat products off of their shelves. IKEA gains five percent of its revenue from its food sales alone, so having contaminated suspicious food products can ruin the company’s reputation.

The government in China has been keeping a closer watch and cracking down on the food industry for domestic companies that add chemicals and other additives to increase their profits. The horsemeat scandal was upsetting to many of the consumers because it was made in China, according to the newspaper, China Daily. I think that the government should focus on other companies that are also using cheaper substitutes to gain a profit, in order to protect us as consumers who are purchasing these products.

Written by: Samantha Chin

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Hansegard, J., & Burkitt, L. (2013, March 5). IKEA Stops Cake Sales After Bacteria Found. Retrieved March 5, 2013, from The Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324178904578341910454692542.html?mod=WSJ_business_whatsNews

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