THE BRAND behind many of the world’s favourite sugary snacks has announced a massive international recall of chocolate bars across 55 countries after revealing customers are at severe risk of choking to death on plastic embedded in the bars.
Mars is taking the measures after a man in Germany complained about a piece of red plastic he found in a snickers bar. The investigation led across the Rhine to a warehouse in an obscure southern Dutch town. There confectionary agents discovered that the offending plastic hunk was a product of the manufacturing process itself and in all likelihood just another star in the galaxy.
Affected products include Milky Way, Mars, Snickers, Celebrations and Mini Mix, as the scope of Mars’ mistake, and confectionary empire, became clear. The recall will cost the American company millions of dollars and they have insisted it is voluntary and being done in a precautionary spirit. It is of course likely that they are considering the prospects of litigation originating in a population that delights in suing almost as much as it does sucking on their sugary teat.
The move affects the UK, which is among the 55 countries involved, although a corporate spokesperson marooned in the British Isles said Britain was “hardly impacted”.