Snickers and Mars bars have been voluntarily recalled across 55 nations throughout Europe, after a plastic fragment was discovered in one of the hugely popular confectionery items.
The far-reaching decision was revealed on Tuesday, February 23, by Raoul Hamacher, corporate affairs manager at Mars Germany.
Apparently, the need to remove Snickers and Mars chocolate bars from thousands of supermarkets across Europe was prompted by the fact that a German customer reported the presence of a red plastic scrap in one of the sweets produced by Mars Incorporated.
Immediately after investigating the complaint, health inspectors determined that it had been genuine and well-founded.
Such plastic pieces are normally used to provide protective covering during the manufacturing process, and it appears that the shavings somehow entered the production line as well.
That’s why executives of the hugely successful American company based in McLean, Virginia issued this voluntary recall, fearing that the safety of their customers may be put at risk unless prompt action is taken.
Aside from Snickers and Mars regular bars, officials have also decided that it would be advisable to discard other related products, such as Milky Way Minis, Snickers and Mars Miniatures, as well as Celebrations Boxes and Doses.
The recalled items have all been produced at a facility from Veghel, in the Netherlands, somewhere between mid-December 2015 and mid-January 2016, according to Roel Govers, corporate affairs director for Mars Netherlands.
The perilous items were distributed across 55 European nations, and can be recognized by their “best before” date, which extends between June 19, 2016, and January 8, 2017.
It must be noted that company officials stretched the time intervals as much as possible, to ensure that no contaminated products remain commercially available, but it’s doubtful that all the items with such expiration dates have indeed been affected.
Nevertheless, people who have already bought such candy bars should avoid ingesting them, because the plastic pieces that these products may contain can pose a significant choking hazard. Instead, it is recommended to return the items to the place of purchase, so as to benefit from a full refund.
So far, Mars representatives haven’t revealed the scope of the voluntary recall that has just been made public, or the exact countries where such measures are currently being implemented.
Even so, it’s obvious that massive amounts of sweets have had to be dispensed with, given the fact that just the 3 factories operated by the company in Germany are known to produce approximately 10 million confectionery items on a daily basis. Therefore, financial losses related to this extensive food recall will certainly be tremendous as well.
Also, for now, it hasn’t yet been confirmed if the measures will be limited to Europe only, or if they will be expanded across the United States as well, making the Snickers and Mars recall even more massive than it already is.
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