An employee serves a plate of biryani rice at the restaurant inside the Ikea store in Hitech City on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India. (Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg)

Ikea Hyderabad Store Suspends Sale Of Veg Biryani, Samosa

IKEA India today said that it has stopped selling vegetable biryani and samosa in its 1,000-seater restaurant located at its store in Hyderabad, days after a customer allegedly found a worm in the food served to him.

“IKEA India has voluntarily stopped sales of two of its most appreciated products - vegetarian biryani and samosa, sourced locally in India,” the company said in a statement. “IKEA follows strong internal processes to secure quality and takes full responsibility for its supply chain.”

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation had issued a notice to the firm on Aug. 31 after a man allegedly found a worm in the vegetable biryani.

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IKEA India initiated an internal review in order to take any corrective actions as needed, the company said. The Swedish furniture maker said it takes food safety and quality very seriously and customer health is always a priority.

During the first month of operation, IKEA India has received a positive response from customers for the food at the IKEA store, it said. IKEA India will resume sales of the two products after it has secured the review process, the company said.

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