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Mars recalls chocolate products in 55 countries

23 February 2016  •  Author(s): Victoria White

Mars is voluntarily recalling variants of its Snickers, Mars, Milky Way and Celebrations chocolate confectionery according to the Dutch food and safety authority, Nederlands Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA), website.

Credit: Roman Samokhin / Shutterstock.com

Credit: Roman Samokhin / Shutterstock.com

The recall comes after small bits of red plastic were found in a Snickers bar in Germany.

The products have best before dates of 19th June 2016 and 8th January 2017, and, according to The Guardian, a spokesman for Mars said that the recall affects 55 countries. Mars has said the recall concerns only specific products that were manufactured at the company’s Netherlands facility during a limited production period, 5 December 2015 to 18 January 2016. The company added that only certain products labelled on pack as “Mars Netherlands” are affected by this recall. Mars Netherlands exports to a number of countries and some duty-free outlets, so the easiest way for consumers to determine whether they have a product that has been recalled is to look at the label. If it is not labeled “Mars Netherlands,” it is not included in the recall.

In a statement, Mars said: “Mars Chocolate is carrying out a voluntary recall of chocolate products of Mars, Snickers, Milky Way and Celebrations after a bit of plastic was found in a product.”

The company added: “With this recall, we would like to prevent consumers who have purchased one of the above-mentioned products from consuming it.”

The company said a full list of affected products could be found on its Germany website, www.mars.de.

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