Fecal bacteria found in Ikea chocolate cakeBy Mason White 8:55 AM March 8, 2013
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) First horse meat and now fecal bacteria.
Health authorities in China have seized nearly two tons of chocolate cakes imported from Sweden by Ikea after finding high levels of bacteria commonly found in human waste.
According to Chinese press reports, the high levels of coliform bacteria found in a shipment of chocolate and almond Ikea cakes, led authorities to seize and destroy to 1.87 tons of the dessert.
The shipment arrived in Shanghai from Sweden in the beginning of the year.
Coliform bacteria are universally present in large numbers in the feces of warm-blooded animals and bacterial indicators are used to check the sanitary quality of foods and water.
Ikea officials have already indicated that the bacteria was not healthy.
“Now we know that this is a coliform bacteria that is not that dangerous to the health of the people, not like E. coli or something similar,” an Ikea spokesperson, Sara Paulsson, said.
“But we will never know exactly what bacteria was present because the cakes have been destroyed,” she added.
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