A shipment of 1.87 tonnes of Ikea‘s almond chocolate cakes were seized and destroyed by Chinese authorities after traces of coliform bacteria were found. The batch of cakes was made in Sweden and arrived in China in January.
As The Local notes, coliform bacteria is in the faeces of warm-blooded animals and its presence in foods and water is used as an indicator of low quality. Sara Paulsson of Ikea told the TT agency: “We now know that it’s a coliform bacteria that’s not dangerous to people’s health, not as with E. Coli or anything similar. But we’ll never know exactly which bacteria it is because the cakes have been destroyed.”
The cakes infected with the fecal bacteria were one of more than 240 Ikea products seized by Chinese authorities. The products, produced by a range of suppliers, were pulled from the market after they failed the sanitation inspections conducted by Chinese authorities.