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Mars Inc. has recalled chocolate bars and other candy products that they create in 55 countries, most of them centered in Europe, due to a choke risk posed by pieces of plastic. Only one piece of candy was found to have the plastic so far, in a Snickers bar in Germany, but there is still a risk posed by that batch.
The products that are being recalled were manufactured at a Dutch production company in Veghel. According to the Mars spokeswoman, the candies included in the recall are Mars, Milky Way, and Snickers bars released to France, Germany, Great Britain, and certain Asian countries.
"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."
It isn't clear how much the recall will cost because they don't have to reveal that information. However, most recalls often can really impact a company and hurt their bottom line. However, Mars isn't used to having recalls, so this likely won't put them in any danger.
In 2006, Cadbury had to recall more than 1 million chocolate bars due to a threat of salmonella and it cost the company around $28 million dollars.
According to Reuters, Mars Netherlands is working very closely with the Dutch food safety authority on the problems to try to find a way to solve everything quickly.
The recall hits all Mars and Snickers products, including things like minis, miniatures, mixed, and Celebrations confectionery boxes with best-before dates between June 19, 2016 and January 8, 2017. These dates won't be the same in other countries.
Mars is based in Mount Olive, New Jersey, and is one of the world's largest food companies, with 29 chocolate brands including M&M's, Galaxy, Twix, Bounty and Maltesers. Aside from chocolate, Mars makes Wrigley gum, Uncle Ben's Rice, Dolmio pasta sauce and Pedigree pet food.