Mars Recalling Candy In 55 Countries Because Eating Plastic Isn’t So Sweet

U.S. candy maker Mars has issued a recall in 55 countries over concerns that some candy bars and other sweet treats might contain an ingredient that isn’t nutty, nougaty, chocolatey, or otherwise delicious: plastic bits.

Details are still unclear as to which countries are included in the recall, but a company spokesman told the Associated Press that the recall affects 55 countries.

One of those countries is apparently Germany, The New York Times reports, where Mars announced a recall of Mars and Snickers bars, Milky Way Minis, and certain kinds of Celebrations confectionery boxes with best-before dates ranging from June 19, 2016, to Jan. 8, 2017, all due to the plastic problem and concerns over choking.

“We want to avoid having consumers who bought one of the products consume them,” Mars said in a statement on its German website.

German dpa news agency also cites Mars as saying that the the voluntary recall affects products produced early this year in the Netherlands, the AP notes.

We’re going to reach out to Mars for more information, but at the time of publishing, the site is returning a timeout error. Thus far, there is no announcement of a recall in the U.S. on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Mars recalls candy bars in 55 countries after plastic find [Associated Press]
Mars, U.S. Candy Bar Maker, Announces Recall in Germany [New York Times]