Mars recalls thousands of bottles of chocolate milk over fears they could cause food poisoning because of high levels of bacteria
- Bacterium which can cause vomiting and diarrhea found in some bottles
- Mars Milk, Snickers Shake and Galaxy Smooth Milk among recalled drinks
- Consumers have been told not to drink any of the listed products
- Mars insists that no other pack formats or bottle sizes have been affected
Mars is recalling thousands of bottles of chocolate milk over fears that they could cause food poisoning.
Drinks including Mars Milk, Snickers Shake and Galaxy Smooth Milk are among those which consumers are being warned not to drink after ‘elevated levels’ of a type of bacteria was found.
The strand of bacterium found in the bottle, type of one known as Bacillus, produces toxins which can cause both vomiting and diarrhea.
It is usually found in prepared foods, particularly rice and leftovers, and can also be present in sauces, soups, and other foods that have sat out too long at room temperature.
The recall applies to batches carrying a best-before date between 19 December 2014 and 11 April 2015, inclusive.
The drinks were manufactured by German company Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH for Mars Chocolate Drinks.
A Mars spokesperson said: ‘We are recalling all of the products listed as a precaution as they could pose a possible health risk due to the potential presence of a type of the bacteria known as Bacillus.’
She confirmed that the U.S. market is not affected as the bottles are not sold there.
Bottles of sports-cap drinks and larger 750ml ‘fridge pack’ drinks are being recalled.
Sports-cap bottles of Mars Milk (350ml, 376 ml), Starburst Strawberry Drink (350 ml), Bounty Drink (350ml), Snickers Shake (350ml, 376 ml), Skittles Wildberry (376 ml), Galaxy Smooth Milk (350ml, 376 ml), Milky Way Milk (350 ml), Mars Caramel Milk (350ml) and Skittles Fruits (350, 376ml).
Consumers are also warned not to drink Mars Milk (750 ml), Galaxy Smooth Milk (750ml) and Skittles Fruits (750 ml).
A Mars spokesperson said: ‘We want to ensure that anyone in possession of these products with these best before dates is aware that they should not be consumed and that contact should be made with our consumer care team for more information.’
She continued: ‘Mars Chocolate Drinks have spoken to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to ensure all requirements are being followed.
‘Mars and our suppliers take quality and food safety very seriously and apologise for any inconvenience.’
‘We want to reassure consumers that no other pack formats or bottle sizes of branded milk drink products are affected.’
Product recall notices are being displayed in stores where the drinks are sold, advising consumers of the recall and what they can do if they have bought the affected products.
A spokesperson for Morrisons said: ‘We have put posters up at customers service desks and signage where you would normally buy the drinks.’
In a statement on their website, the Food Standards Agency said: ‘The Food Standards Agency has been informed by Mars Chocolate Drinks that it is recalling certain date codes of its milk drinks.
Manufacturers: The Mars Chocolate Drinks that are being recalled were made by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH, based in Stendal, Germany, pictured. Mars Chocolate Drinks said that all products not listed are safe
‘This is because they contain elevated levels of a type of bacteria known as Bacillus, which can cause food poisoning.
‘This means the products are a possible health risk to consumers.’
Customers can contact the Mars consumer care team on 0800 952 0084, by post to Freepost, Mars Consumer Care, or online by visiting the Mars website.
Manufacturers Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.