IKEA meatballs back on sale in Singapore on Friday

Justin Ong

[UPDATED: 7 March, 345pm]

Home furnishing giant IKEA Singapore will resume the sale of their signature Swedish meatballs at both their Alexandra and Tampines outlets from Friday.

In addition, for a special Friday only, the meatballs at both stores will be available for 10 cents per piece from 930am to 1030pm.

In a recent 2013 catalogue, a 20-piece meatball dish cost S$9.50 -- averaging about 47 cents per piece.

The relaunch comes in the wake of a global horsemeat scare and as a precautionary measure, IKEA Singapore suspended the sale of their meatballs late last month pending DNA testing.

DNA tests by a local independent lab now confirm the meatballs sold in Singapore contain only beef and pork while the Halal-certified ones at their Tampines outlet are made of beef and chicken, it said in a media statement on Thursday.

News of IKEA's special 10 cents per piece promotion on Friday quickly lit up the Twittersphere.

Twitter user Jayden Tan (@jayleif) tweeted, "IKEA meatballs back at 10 freaking cents per piece. Ditch all your diet plans people".

“None of our ingredients are produced by the affected suppliers,” said its spokesperson, Sandra Keasberry, referring to Sweden’s Familjen Dafgard, which makes the majority of IKEA’s meatballs, late last month

The trademark dish was pulled from eateries across Europe after tests on Monday found traces of horsemeat.

IKEA is the number one furniture retailer in the world, recognised also for its restaurants and perhaps more for its trademark meatballs, sold both hot for consumption as well as packaged off the shelves.

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