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Mars recall: Now it's full size as well as fun size; Supermarket bans them as 'precaution'.

Byline: RUKI SAYID Consumer Editor

LIDL has scrapped thousands of full size Mars and Snickers bars amid fears they contain plastic that could pose a choking risk.

The latest measure was described as a "precaution" and follows the recall of the Funsize chocolate packs just three days ago.

Lidl cleared shelves of six packs of 45g Mars bars and 50g Snickers after the American makers warned they could be contaminated.

Millions of children's lunchbox Mars Funsize, Milky Way Funsize Variety Funsize and Celebrations boxes have already been recalled in Britain and Europe after sharp red plastic was found in a Snickers bar bought in Germany on February 8.

The contamination was traced to a factory in Holland where a pipe lid that fell into machinery was crushed and ended up in chocolate destined for 55 countries. Mars has apologised for the health scare. The firm said: "This is an isolated incident. No other varieties of chocolate, pack formats or bar sizes are affected in Lidl UK."

The Food Standards Agency said the products had been recalled as they are "a possible risk to health".

Customers are being urged to check best before dates from April to October 2016 for the Mars multi-packs and July 2016 for Snickers.

Lidl revealed the recall had been extended to include the six-packs because it had imported the goodies for its UK stores from Germany, where it is based. The worldwide withdrawal could cost Mars millions.

The firm confirmed the suspect products had been made at its Dutch plant and were part of a German recall over concerns they contained bits of plastic.

Shoppers can call Mars Consumer Care on 0800 952 0084 for refunds and advice. Alternatively, email recall@uk.mars.com or write to Mars R1, FREEPOST, Mars Consumer Care.

ruki.sayid@mirror.co.uk

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