Swedish furniture giant IKEA was forced to suspend the sale of meatballs from UK and 13 other European markets following the discovery of horsemeat DNA in some of the batches.

The chain therefore becomes the latest casualty of the ongoing Europe-wide horsemeat scandal.

Investigations conducted by Czech officials revealed that a batch of IKEA’s beef and pork meatballs contained horsemeat and it was found to have been sold across the continent.

The agency noted that the meat was sourced from a single Swedish supplier and stopped about 760kg of meatballs from entering stores.

IKEA food services spokesperson Anders Lennartsson remarked that the company took serious cognizance of the investigations by the Czech authorities.

"The trust of our customers is of outmost importance which is why the concerned production batch of meatballs was immediately withdrawn and we are now taking this extra precautionary measure," Lennartsson added.

The company also confirmed that it had initiated an in-house DNA analysis of all meat products.

"We do not tolerate any other ingredients than the ones stipulated in our recipes or specifications, secured through set standards, certifications and product analysis by accredited laboratories,"

"We are not stopping sales of meatballs full stop.

"You will still be able to go into Ikea and purchase meatballs – it’s only the one batch that is in question," company said.

The chain has also confirmed that meatball batches in US stores hadn’t been affected, as they get their meat domestically from US and Canada.

IKEA currently operates in 44 markets worldwide with sales totaling £23.6bn; the European portfolio for the company includes 26 markets.