- Chocolate making giant has recalled its products in 55 countries
- This follows a report of buts of plastic found in a Snickers bar, earlier this year
- Spokesperson for the company explains that they can not pinpoint which particular type of chocolate could have the plastic
- Cost of the recall of the products still not known
Chocolate maker Mars has ordered a recall of all of its chocolate products in 55 countries.
The decision by the chocolate making company comes after a customer in Germany found bits of plastic in a Snickers bar in January. The plastic was traced back to the Mars factory in the southern town of Veghel in the Netherlands.
A Mars Netherlands spokesperson disclosed that the company cannot be sure that the plastic found was only in that particular Snickers. In addition, the company does not want any of its products on the market that may not meet the quality requirements of the company, hence the decision to take them all back for thorough checking.
The recall by the company only involved products manufactured at the Dutch plant and these products extend to countries mostly in Europe. From the UK , the affected products includes funsize Mars, Milky Way bars and boxes of Celebrations and in the Netherlands Mars and Snickers bars. The recall did not extend to the US, where Mars is based.
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The company has not said how many bars are affected or how much the recall will cost but it is expected to involve huge sums of money.
In view of the above, the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised consumers not to eat the affected products and to contact Mars' consumer care team on 0800 952 0084, firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at Mars R1, FREEPOST, Mars Consumer Care.
Mars is one of the world's biggest food companies, with 29 chocolate brands including M&M's, Galaxy, Twix, Bounty and Maltesers. It also makes Wrigley gum, Uncle Ben's Rice, Dolmio pasta sauce and Pedigree pet food.
The company is one of the largest privately owned businesses in the US and had global sales of $33bn last year.