Public Health Lawyers React To Mars Recall

Best Before Dates Of All UK Chocolate Bars Affected

25.02.2016

Kate Rawlings, Press Officer | 0114 274 4238

Confectionary giant Mars has recalled chocolate bars in 55 countries after a German customer found plastic in a Snickers bar last month.

The UK Food Standards Agency has now confirmed the best before dates of all the chocolate bars which come under the huge product recall by the American chocolate manufacturer.

All of the products in question were produced at the same factory in the Netherlands, at the same time, and have been recalled in Europe.

A spokesperson for Mars Netherlands told media: “We cannot be sure that this plastic was only in that particular Snickers. We do not want any products on the market that may not meet our quality requirements, so we decided to take them all back.”

The FSA has recommended that customers should avoid eating fun size Mars and Milky Way bars and boxes of Celebrations with the following package sizes and best before dates:

• 250g bags of Mars Funsize (product code AV39F) with a best before date from 11/09/16 to 02/10/16;

• 227g bags of Milky Way Funsize (product code AV39J) with a best before date of 02/10/16;

• Variety Funsize - Family Favourites (product code AV33W) with a best before date from 29/05/16 to 14/08/16;

• Variety Funsize - Party Mix (product code AV33T) with a best before date from 15/05/16 to 07/08/16

Expert Opinion
Such an extensive recall is a positive step by the manufacturer, but it is vital this issue leads to a debate around the adequacy of procedures in place to prevent contaminated products reaching the point of sale.

We have first-hand experience of working with people who have suffered health problems arising from consumption of food which has not been properly prepared, though usually these foodstuffs are contaminated with bacteria some cases have sadly been fatal.

It is vital that lessons can be learned which will ensure consumers are better protected from any possible risks.
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner