Chocolate maker mogul Mars says they’re recalling their candy bars in 55 countries after discovering plastic in their products.
Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands, didn’t go into much detail on the mass recall, but “only involves the products that are made in the Netherlands.”
The decision comes after a customer found a red piece of plastic in a Snickers bar bought in Germany on January 8. He filed a complaint to Mars, who traced the bar’s origin to the Mars factory in the southern town of Veghel.
“We are currently investigating exactly what’s happened, but we cannot be sure that this red piece of plastic isn’t in any other of our products from the same production line,” said Eline Bijveld, Mars corporate affairs coordinator.
They decided to ‘voluntarily’ and ‘out of precaution’ to issue the recall, which spans across European nations including the Netherlands, Germany, France and Britain. The recall does not extend to the U.S.
The Dutch food safety authority affirms the recall was necessary; the piece of plastic that was found in the product was sizeable enough to lead to choking.
It’s the first time Mars has had to recall products made at its Veghel factory, which opened in 1963.