BERLIN (AP) — U.S. chocolate maker Mars said Tuesday it was recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries after plastic was found in one of its products.

Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands, would not provide further details.

Mars in Germany confirmed that it was one of the countries affected and said the recall affected products with "best before" dates from June 19, 2016, to Jan. 8, 2017.

"We have intentionally chosen a long production time frame in order to ensure that all possibly affected products are recalled," the company said, adding that it was in "close contact" with food safety authorities.

The company did not specify which other countries were affected. The German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur quoted a Mars Germany spokesman as saying the voluntary recall affected products made early this year in the Netherlands.

The Dutch food safety authority provided what it said was a Mars press release, which said a piece of plastic had been found in a product that could lead to choking. It listed affected products as Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations and Mini Mix.

Mars Inc. is privately held and based in McLean, Virginia. It also owns the world's largest chewing gum maker, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

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