Mars Wrigley announced a voluntary recall of various candy products after consumers reported thin metal strands in the candy itself or loose in the bag. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about the latest Mars recall, which included Starburst, Skittles and Life Savers gummies that were manufactured by a third party and distributed across North America. She brings up several other recent recalls and explains why metal contamination is such a prevalent occurrence in the food and beverage industry. The team wonders whether more can be done to prevent metal contamination during manufacturing and whether this recall will impact Mars’ sales.
Also, in this episode, Sydney introduces the team to Kidfresh, a New York-based brand of frozen children’s food featuring hidden veggies. All Kidfresh products are made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and are frozen immediately after being cooked to preserve the nutrients and flavors. Founded in 2016 by parents Gilles Deloux and Matt Cohen, the pair sought to create delicious and nutritious versions of classic children’s foods. Now, Kidfresh products are available in over 10,000 grocery stores nationwide and target children aged six to eight. The team applauds the company for appealing to both children and parents and discusses how far children’s food has come in the past few decades.
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