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Mars recalls chocolate bars in 55 countries after plastic find

Published 23/02/2016

A Mars press release says a piece of plastic was found in a product that could lead to choking
A Mars press release says a piece of plastic was found in a product that could lead to choking

Sweet maker Mars says it is recalling chocolate bars and other items in 55 countries after plastic was found in one of its products.

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.

It listed affected products as Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations and Mini Mix.

Mars in Germany confirmed it was one of the countries affected and said in a statement that the recall affected products with best befor" 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.

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