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Mars drinks recalled on bacteria fears

Mars is recalling a range of drinks on fears they may have become contaminated with a bacteria that causes food poisoning

Mars Chocolate Drinks is recalling some of its products, after fears they may have become contaminated with a bacteria that causes food poisoning.

The recall affects certain date codes of products, which may contain high levels of the Bacillus bacteria. Products affected include bottles of sports-cap drinks and 750ml fridge pack milk drinks with a best before date between or including December 19 2014 and April 11 2015.

Mars brands included were certain container sizes of: Mars Milk; Starburst Strawberry Drink; Bounty Drink; Snickers Shake; Skittles Wildberry; Galaxy Smooth Milk; Milky Way Milk; Mars Caramel Milk and Skittles Fruits.

Consumers who have bought these products should contact Mars.

Food Safety conference

Meanwhile, avoiding costly product recalls is one of the themes tackled in the Food Manufacture Group’s Food Safety conference, staged in association with sister title The Grocer, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire on Wednesday, October 15 2014.

Taking part in the conference – Safe and legal food in a changing world – now in its second year, will be speakers from the Food Standards Agency, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Society of Food Hygiene and Technology, Public Health England Newcastle, NSF International, Institute of Food Research, Bernard Matthews and others.

The event will be divided into four sessions: Tomorrow’s food safety risks, Managing the supply chain, Keeping food safe, Novel processes and packaging.

More information about the event are available here.

Alternatively, email Alex Webb at , or call him on tel: 01293 610431.

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