Mars Chocolate UK and Mars Ireland have announced that they’re recalling some of their products on sale in Ireland and the UK due to the potential presence of Salmonella from the ingredients used making the chocolate.
In Ireland, they’ve recalled Galaxy Counters 112g pouch (batch codes 720B1SLO00 and 720C1SLO00) with a Best Before date of May 13, 2018.
The Maltesers Teasers 35g bar has also been recalled (batch code 720C1SLO00) with a Best Before date of May 13, 2018.
A number of products have also been recalled in the UK, as can be seen in the table below…
In a statement, the company said:
“Mars Chocolate UK and Mars Ireland are voluntarily recalling the following products detailed below due to the potential presence of Salmonella from the ingredients used in making chocolate.
No other brands or varieties of chocolate, pack formats, bar sizes or best before dates are affected.
The precautionary recall in the UK and Ireland concerns only the products below with the following best before dates distributed by Mars Chocolate UK and Mars Ireland.
In total, a small amount of the below-packaged units distributed in both countries could potentially be affected. The retrieval of this product is to ensure the confidence and safety of our consumers.
We have detected the possible presence of Salmonella from the ingredients used in making some of our GALAXY® products, including Smooth Milk Chocolate bars, MINSTRELS® and COUNTERS® and TEASERS® bars, whilst carrying out our routine testing process.
A small number of these products have been distributed, and although we’ve had no related complaints, as a precaution we have made the decision to voluntarily recall the products potentially affected by this issue in order to ensure the safety and confidence of our consumers.”
A Mars Chocolate spokesperson said: “Through our routine testing, we have detected the potential presence of Salmonella from the ingredients used to make our chocolate. As a precaution, we are voluntarily recalling certain GALAXY® Smooth Milk Chocolate bars, GALAXY® MINSTRELS COUNTERS® and TEASERS® bars.
“We are working closely with the relevant food safety authorities and our customers to ensure that the affected products are no longer available for purchase. If you have one of the products listed above, you should not eat it. Please keep the product and contact our Consumer Care team to arrange return and reimbursement.
“This precautionary recall has been initiated with the best interests of our consumers at heart and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. No other brands or varieties of chocolate, pack formats, bar sizes or best before dates are affected.”