Ikea found itself at the centre of scandal today after it emerged that horse meat had been found in a shipment of the company’s meatballs bound for the Czech Republic.
The news sent Twitter into melt-down, with some users pledging to “go veggie” in disgust and others claiming that, because Ikea’s meatballs are so tasty, horse meat might be a kind of super food.
And, of course, just like Tesco and Findus before them… there were the jokes…
Prince Charles @Charles_HRH: Ikea have found horse meat in their Swedish meatballs. One would’ve been more shocked if they found wood in their furniture.
Patrick Strudwick @PatrickStrud: In reaction to the horse meat found in their meatballs IKEA have decided to sell the raw ingredients in a pack for you to assemble yourself.
Ian Hyland @HylandIan: Horse meat has been found in Ikea meatballs. Now we know why their hot dogs are so long. And chewy.
Matt Spence @mattspencedc: So thaaaat’s how they make it so cheap. Horse d’oeuvres? (Sorry!)
Michael Hogan @michaelhogan: Horsemeat discovered in IKEA meatballs. If you buy enough of them, you can self-assemble a horse
50 Shades Of Graham @grahamlstacey Horsemeat found in #Ikea meatballs. there’s got to be a flatpack gag in this, but I’ve no idea how to put it together…
Jim Lokay WCVB @LokayWCVB: Will IKEA shoppers be pleased to hear what was discovered in some of their famous Swedish meatballs? Nay.
James Lyons @MirrorJames: Ikea latest – flooring found to have Laminate
Stevie Bowerman @steviebowerman: I’m so hungry, I could eat a self-assembly clothes horse! #ikea
Fraser Campbell @FraserC69: Stunned to find Ikea have horse meat in their meatballs. Assumed they were made from couples who had become irretrievably lost in the store.
Tom Darnell @tomdarns: #Ikea announce the name of their new product range for summer 2013: Nägg