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Mars Inc.

Mars Inc.

Industry: 
Food and Beverage
Country: 
USA
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Over the last three presidential administrations, the United States government has granted Mars 10 special licenses to do business in Iran. (New York Times, "Companies with Permission to Bypass Sanctions," 12/24/10)

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"This license allowed the company to export confectionery, ice cream, packaged consumer food products and pet care products to Iran. OFAC redacted the actual brand names and the names of the ultimate buyers. A company spokeswoman, Kelly McGrail, said: 'Mars Incorporated and its subsidiaries, including Wrigley, operate in full compliance of all state, federal and international regulations. We provide our products to consumers all over the world. At this time, Mars and Wrigley sell products to consumers in Sudan, Iran and Libya in full compliance with all U.S. regulations, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control licensing regime. We will, of course, continue to monitor the actions of the U.S. government on this matter and comply with any changes in regulation.'" (New York Times, "Licenses Granted to U.S. Companies Run the Gamut," 12/24/10)

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"The chewing gum manufacturer, owned by Mars Inc., was licensed to export its products to Iran and Sudan. OFAC redacted the names of the entities buying the products. A company spokeswoman, Kelly McGrail said: 'Mars Incorporated and its subsidiaries, including Wrigley, operate in full compliance of all state, federal and international regulations. We provide our products to consumers all over the world. At this time, Mars and Wrigley sell products to consumers in Sudan, Iran and Libya in full compliance with all U.S. regulations, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control licensing regime. We will, of course, continue to monitor the actions of the U.S. government on this matter and comply with any changes in regulation.'" (New York Times, "Licenses Granted to U.S. Companies Run the Gamut," 12/24/10)