Wednesday 7 December 2016

Ireland is among 55 countries in Mars bar recall

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Danger: Mars products. Photo: Reuters
Danger: Mars products. Photo: Reuters

Chocolate giant Mars has recalled bars and sweets in 55 countries including Ireland, after plastic was found in one of its products.

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Mars Ireland announced that it is recalling its "fun-size" Mars and Milky Way bars as well as variety bags of fun-size chocolates and Celebrations that were made in the Netherlands.

However, the recall does not affect the regular-sized bars. There have been no complaints in Ireland to date of any suspected contamination here, and the recall is being done as a purely precautionary measure, a spokesman for the company confirmed.

Precaution

The company issued a statement last night in which it said: "As a precautionary measure, Mars Ireland is recalling certain batches of the above products, due to the possible presence of plastic pieces.

"No other varieties of chocolate, pack formats or bar sizes are affected in Ireland."

Customers who bought the affected products are asked to return it to the store of purchase for a refund.

They can also contact Mars Ireland on 1890 812315 with any queries.

The recall comes after the popular chocolate bar manufacturer was forced to issue a recall of its Mars and Snickers bars in Germany after a consumer found a piece of plastic in a Snickers bar bought in Germany on January 8.

Contaminated

The contaminated bar was traced back to the manufacturer's plant in Veghel, Netherlands, which is understood to involve a protective cover used in the factory's manufacturing process.

The potentially affected products include Celebrations boxes with expiry dates of 08/05/16 and 17/07/16 and fun size variety packs expiring on 24/07/16.

Fun-size Mars bars with expiry dates 04/09/16, 11/09/16 and 18/09/16 are also affected, as are Fun-size Milky Way bars with an expiry date of 2/10/16.

Other countries involved include the UK, France, the Netherlands and Germany.

The manufacturer is based in the USA.

Irish Independent

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