Mars recalls bars after piece of plastic found
Sweet maker Mars is recalling some of its chocolate bars after plastic was found in one of its products, which are made in the Netherlands.
The recall affects 55 countries, including Ireland, and the sweets affected here are the Funsize Mars, Milky Way, Funsize Mix Variety Pack and Celebrations.
In a statement today, Mars Ireland said it was taking the "precautionary step of recalling products produced in the Netherlands (Veghel) due to possibility of plastic contamination in our products."
The statement said that the products were being recalled "after a piece of plastic was found in one of our products. In some instances, such a piece of plastic could present a choking hazard."
Mars Ireland said there have been no reports of any plastic contamination in its Irish products. There has only been one consumer complaint so far, the statement revealed.
"No other varieties of chocolate, pack formats or bar sizes are affected in Ireland and no other best before dates or products manufactured at any other location are impacted."
The dates affected are as follows: Box of Celebrations 380g with expiration date May 8th 2016; Box of Celebrations 380g with expiration date July 17th 2016; Funsize Mix Variety Pack 358g with expiration date July 24th 2016; Funsize Mars 250g with expiration dates September 4th 2016, September 11th 2016 and September 18th 2016; Funsize Milky Way 227g with expiration date October 2nd 2016
Earlier today, the German dpa news agency, citing Mars in Germany, said the voluntary recall affects products produced early this year in the Netherlands.
Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands, said the recall affects 55 countries but did not provide further details.
The Dutch food safety authority posted what it said was a Mars press release on its website, saying a piece of plastic had been found in a product that could lead to choking.
The statement said that the products were being recalled "after a piece of plastic was found in one of our products. In some instances, such a piece of plastic could present a choking hazard.
Mars in Germany confirmed it was one of the countries affected and said in a statement that the recall affected products with best before" dates from June 19 2016 to January 8 2017.
"We have intentionally chosen a long production time-frame in order to ensure that all possibly affected products are recalled," the company said in a statement, adding that it was in "close contact" with food safety authorities.
Mars is privately held and based in McLean, Virginia.
The Mars family owns the secretive company, making it one of the wealthiest families in the US, according to business research company Hoover's.