The manufacturers of popular chocolate bars Mars and Snickers has issued a massive recall.marsssPieces of plastic were discovered in various products, prompting a recall of chocolate bars in 55 countries.  Chocolate affected in the UK includes Mars Funsize, Milky Way Funsize, Snickers Miniatures, some variety packs and Celebrations boxes with best before dates ranging from 8 May 2016 and 2 October 2016. These products should NOT be consumed.

The items recalled were manufactured at a factory in Veghel, in the southern Netherlands and then exported worldwide. A piece of red plastic found in a Snickers bar in Germany in early January was traced back to the protective covers used in the Veghel factory.

Mars has not said how many of its products has been affected, but global concern overloaded its website this afternoon, causing it to go offline.