Tuesday, February 26, 2013

IKEA night-mare!!

Little pun in the title there.  IKEA have pulled their famous meatballs out of their European stores because they've been found to contain horsemeat.  AGHGHGHGH!  Don't tell my daughter!  She'll never eat at IKEA again!!!

And just to be pedantic, I note that The Age has written "Ikea" at some points in the article.  Come on, guys, it's IKEA because it's an acronym.  You can have cheap, flat-packed Swedish happiness but you've got to get the name right.

7 comments:

Caroline said...

The pedant in me would point out that laser, sonar and scuba are all acronyms too. I'd suspect that whether it should be capitalised or not probably has to do with trademarks.

Deb said...

Well, if you want to capitalize S.C.U.B.A., I'll back you up! But you're right: there are plenty of acronyms that have become nouns in their own right. I do think The Age ought to be consistent however. They've used "Ikea" in the article but then "IKEA" in the text for the photo.

Meredith said...

I felt a little pang as I read the news about the meatballs on the ABC news website last night. Wondering if the meatballs in my freezer were shipped in from Czechoslovakia...

And there you go. I didn't know that IKEA was an acronym. I had to go and look it up to find out what it stood for. And then I went back to my second last post for 2012 to fix up the error. I have learned something new today. :-)

Deb said...

I'm guessing the meatballs in the freezer will be fine...but you'll have a nagging (pun!!!) feeling about them next time you serve them.

CardsAsGifts said...

I wish I hadn't read this...I don't think I could eat another meatball from there....I loved them... now I feel ill.

Catherine said...

I never knew IKEA was an acronym either! I take it the E does not stand for Equine?
You can make the meatballs at home, though I guess that is hardly the appeal. Your daughter might be happy though. I think they work with or without horse meat :)
http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2011/02/swedish-meatballs-with-cream-sauce-ikea.html

Deb said...

I had NO IDEA there was an IKEA cookbook before your link!!! I am astonished that this could have escaped my notice!!!!