Mars expands recall of Pedigree for metal fragments in dog food

UPDATE: Mars Petcare, maker of Pedigree brand dog food, announced the expansion (they called it an “extension”) of an earlier recall of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the “possible presence of a foreign material”.

What is that foreign material?

Shards of metal, or “small metal fragments” as they put it. The bags may contain small metal fragments, which entered the packages during the production process. The pieces of metal are not embedded in the food itself, but “may present a risk of injury if consumed”. I should think so.

The voluntary recall still affects 22 bags shipped to Dollar General across four U.S. states, but it now is being expanded to 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

This recall is being expanded to Sam’s Club in the U.S. because, somehow, some of the affected production lot was originally said to be held in inventory but was instead released to consumers, which has necessitated the expansion of the recall. In other words, someone screwed up – big time.

Mars encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. I encourage you to save the product and the bag if your pet should become ill.

The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed, obviously.

This recall affects two packages sold in the United States only. The affected packages are:

55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Sam’s Club will have the lot code432E1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/7/15. See below for a list of Sam’s Club stores.

15-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General stores will have the lot code432C1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/5/15. See below for a list of Dollar General stores.

UPC DESCRIPTION
23100 10944 PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 15 pound bags
23100 10731 PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 55 pound bags

Dollar General
Affected 15-pound bags were sold between August 18 and August 30 at Dollar General stores in:

Arkansas

  • Perryville
  • Cabot

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge
  • Calhoun
  • Hineston
  • Jonesville
  • Pineville
  • Slaughter

Mississippi

  • Magnolia
  • Vicksburg

Tennessee

  • Memphis

Sam’s Club Affected 55-pound bags were sold between August 14 and August 30 at Sam’s Club in:

Michigan

  • Comstock Park
  • Muskegon
  • Jackson
  • Roseville
  • Saginaw
  • Saginaw
  • Kokomo

Ohio

  • Dayton
  • Holland
  • Lima

Mars Petcare “sincerely apologize for this situation” and encourages you to reach out to them at 1-800-305-5206 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST if you have questions.

Please report any adverse events with pet food to the FDA immediately. A guide on how to do that was written especially for consumers: The complete guide to making a pet food complaint.

SOURCE: FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts

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