Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and a vast number of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created. However, people should double check whether the chocolate they’re eating is safe to eat or not.
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An article published by The Guardian said that the massive recall was ordered because they fear that customers could choke on pieces of plastics in chocolate bars. A customer in Germany found a piece of red plastic in his Snickers bar and sent it back to the company to complain last month.
The piece of red plastic was traced. It was from the Mars factory in Verghel, Netherlands. The piece of plastic was determined as part of a protective cover used in the manufacturing process.
The company decided to recall all products made in the particular Dutch plant becausese they cannot guarantee there is no plastic in other chocolate products. Everything made there with best-before dates ranging from June 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017, is being recalled. Bars of Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations and Mini Mix are the products being recalled.
Eline Bijveld, Mars corporate affairs coordinator for the Netherlands, adding the recall involves only the products that are made in the Netherlands, said, they cannot be sure that this plastic was only in that particular Snickers bar. They do not want any products on the market that may not meet their quality requirements, so they decided to take them all back.
The affected countries included in the list are Germany, France, Great Britain, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, other countries affected were not revealed by the company. However, the recall does not extend to the company’s home base, the United States.
The company did not exactly say the number of chocolate bars affected or how much the recall will cost the company. But, a company representative said that four million chocolate products were being recalled in the Netherlands alone.