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MARS WIDENES CHOCOLATE RECALL TO 55 COUNTRIES INCLUDING UK OVER CONTAMINATION FEARS In the UK, the products affected include funsize Mars and Milky Way bars and certain kinds of boxes of Celebrations. The recall comes after a customer in Germany found bits of plastic in a Snickers bar in January. The plastic was traced back to the Mars factory in the southern town of Veghel in the Netherlands. A spokesperson for Mars said the recall only involved products manufactured at Veghel. The food giant said it has decided to voluntarily recall some products as a precaution. The recall covers mostly countries in Europe, does not extend to the US and the products have best before dates from May 2016 to 8 January 2017. Mars has not said how many bars are affected or how much the recall will cost. A full list of products affected can be found on their website: www.mars.de. In a statement the company said, “With this recall, we would like to prevent consumers who have purchased one of the above-mentioned products from consuming it.” The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said: “Mars has just confirmed to the FSA that there has been UK distribution of products recalled in the Netherlands and Germany. We are awaiting full distribution details from the company and will publish advice shortly.” RENEWABLES CONFERENCE HEARS ABOUT ISO 45001 DEVELOPMENT His presentation was part of a conference session called ‘Technical Standards, Systems and Certification’. Richard said: “ISO 45001 is the first-ever internationally agreed standard for health and safety management and can help both save lives and build business sustainability. It needs ‘top management’ commitment and for them to ensure health and safety leadership and competence right across their organisations.” The event was held on Thursday 28 January at Edgbaston cricket stadium. It was organised by RenewableUK, the UK’s leading renewable energy trade association. It is the 12th year it has been held and is the industry’s only dedicated health and safety event, attracting 200 delegates and 20 exhibitors. With IOSH being a Category A Liaison body on the project committee for ISO 45001, Richard has represented the institution at a number of meetings. Earlier this month, ISO 45001 reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, meaning it is out for public consultation. The standard