Mars recalls chocolates over salmonella fear

9 Jun


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Chocolate maker Mars is recalling some bars of Galaxy, Maltesers Teasers and bags of Minstrels due to the “potential presence of salmonella”.

Mars said the products, for sale in the UK and Ireland, should not be eaten.

The recall began after tests showed salmonella may be in ingredients.

“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,” Mars said.

Products including Galaxy Milk 200gm bars, Minstrel 118gm pouches and Maltesers Teasers 35gm bars with best-before dates of 6 May 2018 and 13 May 2018 are affected.

Other products included in the recall include Galaxy Milk 4x42gm multipacks and Galaxy Counters 78gm and 112gm pouches with the 6 May 2018 and 13 May 2018 best-before dates.

The company has asked food retailers across the UK and Ireland to pull the affected products from shelves immediately.

The chocolate products affected were made at Mars’ Slough factory.

People who have purchased the affected confectionary should contact the Mars customer call centre for “returns and reimbursement”, it said.

Mars said no other brands or varieties of chocolate, pack formats, bar sizes or best before dates had been affected.

Chocolate products affected

The products being recalled are:

  • Galaxy Milk 200g Bar – product code AC76R, batches 719G1SLO00, 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May 6, 2018, and batches 720A2SLO00, 720B1SLO00 with the best-before date of May 13, 2018
  • Galaxy Milk 4x42g Multipack Bars – product code AF67D, batches 719G1SLO00 and 719G2SLO00 with the best-before date of May 6, 2018
  • Galaxy Milk 42g Bar – product code AN22R, batch number 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May 6, 2018
  • Galaxy Counters 78g Treat Bag – product code AW99N, batch number 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May, 6, 2018
  • Galaxy Counters 112g Pouch – product code AW99G in Ireland, batch numbers 720B1SLO00 and 720C1SLO00 with best-before dates of May 13, 2018
  • Maltesters Teasers 35g Bar – product code AX46E, batches 720C1SLO00 and 720D2SLO00 in the UK and Ireland, with the best-before date of May 13, 2018
  • Galaxy Minstrels 118g Pouch (Sweet Nights In promotion) – product code BJ30K, batch number 720B1SLO00, with the best-before date of May 13, 2018

Mars said UK consumers can call 0800 952 0084 for reimbursement and Irish consumers can contact 1890 812 315.

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