Batch of Mars Snickers product suspected to contain pieces of plastics

Issue Date 26.2.2016
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Mars Snickers product

Product Name and Description

Product name: Snickers Miniatures
Country of origin: Netherlands
Manufacturer: Mars Nederland B.V.
Net weight: 130 grams per pack
Best before date: July 17, 2016
Retailer: 759 Store

Reason For Issuing Alert

The CFS, through its routine Food Incident Surveillance System, learned that the manufacturer of Mars chocolate had initiated a recall of specific batches of products manufactured in its plant in the Netherlands as the products concerned might contain pieces of plastic.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS launched investigation immediately, including contacting major local suppliers and retailers, and so far found one of the affected batches of the Snickers product had been imported into Hong Kong and sold by the abovementioned retailer.

The CFS had contacted the importer concerned and learned that the affected product, 80 boxes in total, were supplied to the abovementioned retailer only and there was no remaining stock. According to the information provided by the retailer concerned, it has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the product. A recall has also been initiated.

The CFS will alert the trade to the incident and will continue to closely monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action. Investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade

The trade should stop selling the product concerned immediately.

Advice to Consumers

Members of the public who have bought the affected product are urged not to consume the product.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call the retailer's hotlines at 3960 9315 or 3960 9349 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department