Imagine being a vegetarian and having to endure the pain from hearing about the deliciousness of IKEA meatballs from your omnivorous friends. Pure torture,isn’t it?
Well, fret not: the Swedish furniture and lifestyle chain is now concocting a very special treat for the vegetarians or healthy eaters out there. Introducing, the vegan version of their well-loved meatballs!
These mock-meat orbs of goodness are the brainchild of animal rights activists PETA,which successfully convinced the Swedish home giants to add a meatless version to its restaurant menu.
“PETA hears every day from shoppers calling for animal-friendly on-the-go options”, said PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi.
“Vegan snacks spare animals suffering and benefit human health, which earns IKEA a round of applause from PETA.”
The European IKEA franchise was caught up in the international food fraud scandal in 2013 when it emerged that its famous meatballs, made with beef and pork, actually contained a significant amount of horse meat.
However, the Malaysian version of these are made from nothing but 100% Jakim-approved cow meat, but what is Malaysia without unnecessary squabbles?
In 2011, the halal status of the meatballs were once became a national controversy and forced the chain to remove them from sale in its store restaurant in Mutiara Damansara.
Meanwhile, PETA’s petition alone snagged 25,000 signatures, GrubStreet reported, and the outcry was enough for Ikea to confirm that the new meatballs will be available in their European restaurants from April onwards.
The website revealed that an IKEA representative told animal-rights group Viva! that the ‘the veggie ball does not have any animal content and is therefore also suitable for vegans’.
Frozen bags for takeaway are being planned for later this year.
No word yet whether these delightful mock-meat snacks will be available in our shores, but let’s cross our finger it will happen any time soon.MYNEWSHUB.CC