Mars global recall: batches to India too put on hold

Meenakshi Verma Ambwani New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018


Company says only products labelled ‘Mars Netherlands’ are affected by this recall

US chocolate major Mars Inc, which announced a worldwide recall of some of its products, has decided to put on hold some of the impacted batches which were meant to be shipped to India.

The company, on Tuesday decided to undertake a worldwide recall of some of its products, after a small piece of red plastic was found in one Snickers bar in Germany.

Following this incident, the company said it has made a “precautionary decision” to voluntarily recall a selection of Snickers, Mars, Milky Way and Celebrations products produced in its Netherlands factory. Reports indicate that nearly 55 countries are involved in this recall.

Replying to a query from BusinessLine, Mars India said, “Some of the impacted batches meant for India are currently in transit or at the ports and we have put a hold on the same, thereby ensuring that the affected stock does not reach our consumers.”

“While the number of Mars products affected is limited, it is possible that some of the affected products have been shipped to duty-free retailers or brought into India by independent importers,” the company added.

The company did not specify the volumes of the products that may have made their way to India. The company also reiterated that only certain products labelled on packs as “Mars Netherlands” are affected by this recall. “If it is not labelled “Mars Netherlands,” it is not included in the recall,” the company added.

The company also said that the recall is meant for only specific products that were manufactured at its Dutch facility during the period December 5, 2015, to January 18, 2016. “We believe this is an isolated incident. At Mars, the quality, food safety and health of our consumers are our top priorities,” the company added.

Last year, Mars India had announced investments worth ₹1,005 crore to set up its first chocolate factory in the country, which is slated to open at Pune.

The plant will produce Snickers and Galaxy chocolates to cater to the growing demand of chocolates in India. As of now, the company imports its chocolates to cater to the Indian demand.

Published on February 24, 2016

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