Mars products are recalled in Ireland and across Europe

It comes after a consumer complaint about plastic found in a product

Chocolate company Mars is recalling several products in Ireland and across Europe, after a piece of plastic was found in its products.

The recall is affecting 55 countries.

In Ireland, the recall concerns fun-size Mars, Milky Way mix variety pack and Celebrations products.

The firm says only products below with the following best before dates, that were manufactured in the Netherlands, are being recalled:

Source: Mars Ireland

In a statement, Mars Ireland says: "This is an isolated incident and only the above products manufactured in the Netherlands are impacted". No other varieties of chocolate, pack formats or bar sizes are affected in Ireland and no other best before dates or products manufactured at any other location are impacted".

"No other varieties of chocolate, pack formats or bar sizes are affected in Ireland and no other best before dates or products manufactured at any other location are impacted".

"To date, we have only received one consumer complaint. In Ireland, we have not received any consumer complaints", it adds.

Elsewhere, Mars products on sale in Britain, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are affected, the AFP news agency reported.

The products recalled were all made at a factory in Veghel, in the southern Netherlands, and then exported abroad, Eline Bijveld, Mars corporate affairs coordinator for the Netherlands told the news agency.

A piece of red plastic was found in a Snickers bar in Germany on January 8th.

The plastic was traced back to the protective covers used in the Veghel factory, and as a precaution the rest of the chocolates from that production line have been recalled.

This is the first time products have had to be recalled from the Veghel factory, which opened in 1963.

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority said on its website the pieces of plastic posed a choking hazard.