IKEA recalls Easter-themed candy in Canada due to mice infestation

Published On March 1, 2018 | By Steven MacInnis | News

IKEA recalls Easter-themed candy due to possible contamination (flickr/VilleOksanen)

Steven MacInnis

The Swedish furniture store giant IKEA has recalled an Easter-themed candy due to a possible contamination from mice infestation at the manufacturing plant in Sweden, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

A CFIA media relations spokeswoman told Humber News that the recall was initiated by IKEA after the same candy, called GODIS PÅSKKYCKLING, was pulled from European stores last week.

“They became aware of an incident in Europe,” the spokeswoman said. “It’s a voluntary recall that the company initiated, as to how the issue with the candy in Europe was reported to them you would have to ask them that.”

IKEA stores in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec, have all had the candy recalled. 

Marshmallow Candy (GODIS PÅSKKYCKLING)

The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation which could lead to the recall of other products sold at Ikea. In the event that high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public accordingly.

IKEA Canada customer relations agent Julian Champagne told Humber News the issue with the Easter-themed candy was first recalled in Ireland.

Champagne also said as of right now, no health issues related to the candy have been reported in Canada.

“There are no health issues related to this, no one got sick or anything, for now there are no poisoning cases, only a health-poisoning threat but no cases,” Champagne said.

This isn’t the first time IKEA has gotten itself into hot water because of contaminated food. In 2013, traces of horse meat were found in the company’s meatballs at stores in the Czech Republic. IKEA recalled the meatballs from 21 stores across Europe.

After the horse meat scandal, traces of fecal coliforms — bacteria normally found in human and animal waste — were found in chocolate almond cake sold in Chinese IKEA stores. The chocolate almond cake was pulled from 23 countries.

IKEA seems to have its fair share of problems with recalls, aside from the numerous contaminated food scandals, the company had to recall 29 million Malm chests and dressers in 2016 from North American stores after the furniture was associated with the death of a number of children.

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