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Mars Recalls Milky Way, Snickers, and Celebrations Bars Across 55 Countries Over Possible Plastic Contamination

Mars Recalls Milky Way, Snickers, and Celebrations Bars Across 55 Countries Over Possible Plastic Contamination


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A piece of red plastic found in a consumer’s Snickers bar was traced back to a Mars facility in the Netherlands

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The recall applies mostly to European countries, and does not affect products in the United States.

Mars — the U.S.-based chocolate company behind Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Dove, Snickers, M&M’s, and Twix — has recalled chocolate products across 55 countries, primarily in Europe, after a consumer found a piece of red plastic in a Snickers bar.

The plastic was traced to a Mars factory in the Netherlands, where it was found to be from a protective cover used in the manufacturing process.

“We cannot be sure that this plastic was only in that particular Snickers,” a spokeswoman from Mars Netherlands said. “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, which only applies to fun-sized packages, is for bars of Mars, Snickers, Milky Way, Celebrations, and Mini Mix. Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., and several other European countries were affected by the recall, as well as Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Mars products in the U.S. were not included.


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