A TikToker has successfully called out Snickers after discovering the iconic chocolate bars are now produced in China, with the post attracting tens of thousands of views and a response from the manufacturer.
The TikToker, @thatjermeytoh, encouraged viewers to stop buying Snicker products and support other chocolate bars that are Australian made.
Controversially, the TikTok video ends with a meme of President Xi Jinping and the Chinese flag, along with the caption “All your Snickers belong to me now”, which has sparked outrage, accusations of being anti-Chinese and heated debate online.
I’m all for principle but god damn Snickers good
— 80 Million “Votes” (@AmIMyThoughts) June 2, 2021
— Shells&Bells (@ShellsBells1861) June 2, 2021
I’m officially a Twix guy now.
— Ollie Castaneda (@OlllieCastaneda) June 2, 2021
The TikTok has racked up over 60,000 views in only a few days and, according to The Daily Mail has even garnered a response from a representative for Mars Wrigley, the manufacturer of the infamous Snickers bars.
The representative claimed the company was forced to manufacture the chocolate bars in China because its facility in Australia needed million-dollar upgrades.
However, they also claimed the chocolate bars would return to being made in Australia and that no Australian employees had been impacted by the temporary move.
“Mars Wrigley is proud of the role we play in creating regional jobs and contributing to local economies, and have a strong track record in upskilling, training and retaining our associates (employees),” the spokesperson explained.
Meanwhile, the TikTok continues to rack up views.
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