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Consumer watch

 

Consumer watch

Mars recall

Following the discovery of a small piece of plastic in one of their products, chocolate company Mars has issued a recall of a number of its products in 55 companies as a precautionary step.

The recall affects specific products manufactured at the company’s facilities in the Netherlands between December 5th 2015 and January 18th 2016. Seven products have been voluntarily recalled by the company – two Celebrations versions, funsize variety mix packs, three different batches of funsize Mars packs, and funsize Milky Way bars.

In a statement, the company said: “Only certain products labelled on pack as ‘Mars Netherlands’ are affected by this recall. Mars Netherlands exports to a number of countries and some duty-free outlets, so the easiest way for consumers to determine whether they have a product that has been recalled is to look at the label.”

Peace of mind

If you’re thinking of taking a holiday this year, you may be tempted to take out some travel insurance. You might never need it, but it provides that peace of mind so you can get on with your trip. It’s a topic covered in The Irish Times this week by Conor Pope, who notes that travel insurance is often quite cheap, but you should always read the fine print to check what is and isn’t excluded – better to find out sooner rather than later.

Crowdlending

Finally, many of us have heard of crowdfunding, but do you know anything about crowdlending? It’s a relatively recent phenomenon in Ireland, according to the Irish Independent’s Charlie Weston, involving people contributing small sums of money to fund business ventures. Dublin-based Linked Finance, he notes, has facilitated the lending of €16m since it launched back in 2013, supporting more than 350 businesses around the country, a not insignificant figure.

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When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.
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