Ikea has insisted the food in its Croydon store is safe to eat as the company became embroiled in its second food scare in a week. The Swedish furniture giant today pulled its almond cake with chocolate and butterscotch from stores in 23 countries after samples were found to contain bacteria linked with human excrement. Last week the company withdrew meatballs and hotdogs from UK stores after some were found to contain horsemeat. A spokesman insisted the cake scare did not affect the UK or Ireland. He added: "IKEA Group is committed to serving high quality food that is safe, healthy and produced with care for the environment. "Traces of coliform bacteria have been found in two isolated production batches of almond cake with chocolate and butterscotch, produced for the restaurant, from one supplier in Sweden. "There is no health risk associated with consuming this product. The production batches have, as per safety and quality routines, been tested for bacteria that can cause health issues, such as E.coli, and none of these pathogen bacteria have been found."
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