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Massive Mars Product Recall Across Europe

The enormous international recall of Mars products, which began when a boy found a piece of plastic in a Snickers bar in Germany back in January, spread to the UK yesterday.  The problem in Germany was traced to the Mars factory in the Dutch town of Veghel and, as a precautionary measure, the company has voluntarily recalled a range of fun-size products as well as boxes of Celebrations that were manufactured there and distributed in the UK (a full list of the products involved is on the FSA website).

We noted back in January that food product recalls doubled in 2015 but most of these were relatively minor incidents: a recall on this scale is very unusual and will be a real test of the company’s incident management capability.