The recall also included: Milky Way Minis and Miniatures and certain kinds of boxes of Celebrations.
Products affected carried best before dates from June 19 2016 to January 8 2017.
The company said in a statement today (February 23): “Mars Chocolate is carrying out a voluntary recall of chocolate products of Mars, Milky Way and Celebrations, after a bit of plastic was found in a product.”
Further details of the recall were expected later today.
An Food Standards Agency spokesman told FoodManufacture.co.uk yesterday (February 23): “The FSA is aware of the reports of the Mars recalls in Germany and the Netherlands.
“We are checking with the company whether products on sale in the UK are affected.”
Meanwhile, press reports suggested the recall could affect more than 50 countries. The Associated Press reported Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands, as saying the recall affected 55 countries.
Recalled in the Netherlands
The Dutch news agency ANP reported Mars Chocolate products had been recalled in the Netherlands. The Dutch recall affected products manufactured in Veghel, in the south of the country, reported ANP.
Yesterday afternoon Mars’s websites – including its German site www.mars.de – appeared to have crashed.
Meanwhile, food and drink product recalls soared by 78% last year, revealed a report earlier this month by insurance firm Lockton.
A total of 159 food products were recalled in 2015, up from 89 in the previous year, with unlisted ingredients being the main reason for a recall.
Read how Mars later confirmed the recall had widened to include UK products.
The analysts' view
“It looks like fears over plastic-plagued Mars and Snickers bars may be more widespread than first thought, Mars (parent company this time, not bar) expanding its recall to 55 countries. This is the kind of thing that can have a real impact on a company’s earnings (just look at Nestlé’s Maggi noodles issues in India), so it will be interesting to see what kind of knock on effect this has on the confectionery giant going forwards.”
- Connor Campbell, a senior market analyst at www.spreadex.com