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Mars chocolate recall—the legal issues explained

Published on: 03 March 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Mars chocolate recall—the legal issues explained
  • What’s going on with the Mars recall?
  • Has Mars used the RASFF notification system to alert authorities within Europe? What are the advantages/disadvantages of doing so/not doing so?
  • What are the food safety obligations for a food manufacturer selling products in the UK?
  • Are there additional food safety obligations if the product is manufactured in the UK?
  • Are there any cross-border issues? Could these be affected if the UK leaves the EU?
  • Which authorities in the UK will be monitoring/investigating this recall?
  • What sanctions do they have? How could Mars be affected by the new food safety sentencing guideline?
  • Which persons in the supply chain are potentially liable in a product/food safety recall such as this?
  • Do you have any predictions for the future of food safety law?

Article summary

Commercial analysis: Mars recently ordered a recall of chocolate products in 55 countries after a piece of plastic was discovered in a Snickers bar. Dominic Watkins, partner and head of the food group at DWF, explains the legal issues involved. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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