Thursday 19 April 2018

Batch of Galaxy milk bars and Maltesers fun size bags recalled due to 'possible presence of salmonella'

Maltesers fun size pack.
Maltesers fun size pack.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Mars Ireland has recalled a batch of Galaxy milk bars and Maltesers fun size bags due to a possible presence of salmonella.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland posted a notice on its website warning that the affected batches are “720B1SLO00, best before 13.05.2018” for the Galaxy milk bars, and “720A1SLO00, best before 13.05.2018” for the Maltesers.

“In June 2017, Mars Ireland recalled a range of its products due to the possible presence of Salmonella (see 2017.09). Two pallets of the above implicated products were on hold with an Irish distributor awaiting destruction but were placed on the market accidentally,” the FSAI’s notice said.

“Mars Ireland is recalling the above specific batch of the 42g Galaxy Smooth Milk bar and Maltesers Fun Size bags.”

Consumers are advised not to eat the specific batches.

The FSAI warned on its website: “Consumers who may have already consumed the implicated batches and are feeling unwell should seek medical advice.”

Galaxy milk
Galaxy milk

It requested that food businesses remove the affected batch of the two products from sale and clearly display a point-of-sale notice informing customers not to eat them.

“Consumption of product from the implicated batches could cause salmonellosis. Symptoms can include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever. There are no reports of illness.”

Mars Ireland has received no consumer complaints about the affected product, and no salmonella-related incidents have been reported since this voluntary recall was first issued in June 2017.

A Mars Ireland spokesperson said: “Through a routine stock take we have detected that a quantity of stock, which was on quality hold in our distributor warehouse, was dispatched in error."

"As a precaution, we are voluntarily issuing a precautionary recall of certain Galaxy Smooth Milk Chocolate bars and Maltesers Fun Size packs. We are working closely with FSAI and our customers to ensure that the impacted products are no longer available for purchase."

"If you have one of the products listed above, you should not eat it. Please keep the product and contact our Consumer Care team. We can confirm that no other brands or varieties of chocolate, pack formats or bar sizes in Ireland are affected.”

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