Mars Wrigley Confectionery, a US-based candy company, has recalled select snack foods over customer complaints of metal shards in the packaging. The company received reports from customers that some packages of gummies and candy have traces of thin metal strands and issued a recall starting on Monday, May 16. Mars Wrigley is unaware of any illnesses as a result of this metal.
Read on for more information about this recall, which items are affected, and what to do if you’ve purchased any recalled candy.
Mars Wrigley has recalled some varieties of Skittles Gummies, Lifesaver Gummies, and Starburst Gummies due to the possible presence of thin metal strands. You can find a full list of the impacted items here–they range from various shareable sizes to smaller individual snack pouches. The products were sold in convenience stores and gas stations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
If you’ve purchased any of these products, you should discard them immediately. If you still have the receipt for your purchase, return the candy to the store you bought it from to request a refund. Even if you don’t have the receipt, you should still discard the affected item so you don’t inadvertently ingest any strands of metal.
It’s important for consumers to take recall notices like this one seriously. Metal strands are not fit for human consumption, and accidental ingestion could lead to injuries to the mouth, gums, tongue, esophagus, stomach, or intestines. The metal strands in the affected gummy products are very fine and easy to overlook, even if you’re paying attention to what you’re eating.
Furthermore, these candy products are commonly consumed by young children. Youngsters are even less likely to notice the presence of small metal fragments and could inadvertently ingest them before they realize what they’ve done. This could cause discomfort at best or a trip to the emergency room at worst.
Mars Wrigley has confirmed that it is working with stores to remove the affected products from shelves so no one else purchases them. The strands can reportedly appear within the recalled candy items or they could be loose in the bag, making them difficult to detect. As such, the company isn’t taking any chances and wants to simply remove the entire production run of the gummies.
For more information about this recall, check out Mars Wrigley’s website here, and contact the company through its customer service portal.