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20 April 2024

Bug in cake gives Ikea India fresh embarrassment

Photo: Kishore20181/Twitter


Ikea's first store in India faced a fresh sticky problem on Friday after a customer said he found an insect emerging from chocolate cake served to his daughter at the outlet's 1,000-seater cafeteria.

It is the second such embarrassment for the home retailer since the Hyderabad store opened in August, after another customer said he found a caterpillar in his rice earlier this month.

"I found an insect inside the chocolate cake which came out while my daughter was eating the cake at IKEA store today in Hyderabad," consumer Kishore tweeted with accompanying photos and a video.

An Ikea spokesman said in a statement that a fly was on the cake and that it "eventually flew away" - but the consumer said that the bug was "not a flying insect".

Ikea said it was taking steps to avoid such incidents but refuted media reports of local authorities collecting samples of cakes or issuing fines.