Chocolate maker Mars has ordered a recall of chocolate products in 55 countries.In the UK the products affected include funsize Mars and Milky Way bars and boxes of Celebrations.
In the Netherlands Mars and Snickers bars were also affected. It comes after a customer in Germany found bits of plastic in a Snickers bar in January. The plastic was traced back to the Mars factory in the southern town of Veghel in the Netherlands.
A Mars Netherlands spokesperson said: “We cannot be sure that this plastic was only in that particular Snickers. We do not want any products on the market that may not meet our quality requirements, so we decided to take them all back.”
The recall only involved products manufactured at the Dutch plant. It covers mostly countries in Europe and does not extend to the US, where Mars is based. The company has not said how many bars are affected or how much the recall will cost.
Mars is one of the world’s biggest food companies, with 29 chocolate brands including M&M’s, Galaxy, Twix, Bounty and Maltesers. It also makes Wrigley gum, Uncle Ben’s Rice, Dolmio pasta sauce and Pedigree pet food.
The company is one of the largest privately owned businesses in the US and had global sales of $33bn last year.