Ikea pulls cakes after bacteria found

First there was horsemeat found in Swedish meatballs sold at Ikea.

Now, the Swedish furniture giant has pulled a batch of almond cakes from its restaurants in 23 countries after Chinese authorities said they contained coliform bacteria, normally present in fecal matter.

The Swedish-made cakes had failed tests “for containing an excessive level of coliform bacteria, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, ikeaInspection and Quarantine,” the Shanghai Daily website wrote.

Ikea said 1,800 Taarta Chokladkrokant cakes – described on its website as an almond cake with chocolate, butter cream and butterscotch – were destroyed in December after being intercepted by Chinese customs.

“These cakes never reached our stores,” said Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson.