Mars recalls candy bars in 55 countries after plastic find

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BERLIN (AP/WPRI) — U.S. chocolate maker Mars says it’s recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries after plastic was found in one of its products.

Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the recall affects 55 countries but didn’t immediately provide further details on what countries are affected.

The German dpa news agency, citing Mars in Germany, reported the voluntary recall affects products produced early this year in the Netherlands.

The products involved have best before dates from 19 June 2016 to 8 January 2017.

According to The Guardian, the voluntary recall covers mostly European nations including the Netherlands, Germany, France and Britain. It also spreads further abroad to some countries like Sri Lanka and Vietnam but does not extend to the United States.

The Dutch food safety authority posted what it said was a Mars press release on its website, saying a piece of plastic had been found in a product that could lead to choking.

According to The Guardian, the plastic was traced back to the plant in the Netherlands which determined that it came from a protective cover used in the plant’s manufacturing process.

The company listed affected products as Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations, and Mini Mix.

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