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Snickers, Mars Recalled in 55 Countries Over Plastic

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A display of chewy chocolate, caramel and peanuts Snickers bars. Confectionery maker Mars has issued a recall of its candy bars across Europe over fears that plastic pieces could be found inside. The recall covers 55 countries, Feb. 23, 2016. (D. Bekheet/VOA)

A display of chewy chocolate, caramel and peanuts Snickers bars. Confectionery maker Mars has issued a recall of its candy bars across Europe over fears that plastic pieces could be found inside. The recall covers 55 countries, Feb. 23, 2016. (D. Bekheet/VOA)

Confectionery maker Mars has issued a recall of its candy bars across Europe over fears that plastic pieces could be found inside.

The recall covers 55 countries and comes after a German man reported finding a small piece of red plastic inside a Snickers bar in January. The company traced the plastic to a piece of machinery found in its factory in the town of Veghel, in the Netherlands.

A spokesman said the recall only involves candy products that were manufactured at the Dutch plant. They include Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations and Miniatures with 'best before' dates ranging from June 19, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017.

Mars says the recall was an "isolated incident". It was unable to give the number of products expected to be removed from shelves.

The U.S.-based Mars is one of the world's biggest food companies, with 29 chocolate brands including M&M's, Galaxy, Twix, Bounty and Maltesers. The company also owns Wrigley gum, Uncle Ben's Rice, Dolmio pasta sauce and Pedigree pet food.

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