Last Wednesday (Aug. 27) Mars Petcare US announced a recall of 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the presence of a “foreign material.”
This week, however, the company expanded the recall. In addition to the 22 15-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food that were shipped to 12 Dollar General stores in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Louisiana, the recall now includes 55-pound bags sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
That foreign material is small metal fragments, which might have gotten into the food during a production mishap — the company isn’t quite sure. It has shut down the production line in that facility to investigate.
Mars says the metal is not embedded in the food, but is loose in the bags, and it says it “may present a risk if consumed.”
The 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Sam’s Club will have the lot code 432E1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/7/15. Affected 55-pound bags were sold between Aug. 14 and Aug. 30 at Sam’s Club in:
The 15-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General stores will have the lot code 432C1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/5/15. Affected 15-pound bags were sold between August 18 and August 30 at Dollar General stores in:
The company has not received any reports of illness. Customers are encouraged to return the bags for a full refund.
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According to the FDA, “Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”
According to the FDA, “Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss.”
Maker: Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. Cause: Potential for pentobarbital Announcement: Company announcement dated Feb. 3, 2017 (archived here) and subsequently updated March 6, 2017 (archived here); FDA report dated Feb. 3, 2017; FDA report dated Feb. 14, 2017; letter to retailers dated Feb. 28, 2017 What was recalled: 12 oz. cans of the following products:
According to the FDA, the drug pentobarbital “can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.” At least one dog has died, and several others were injured, after apparently consuming Hunk of Beef.ADVERTISEMENT
Maker: WellPet, LLC Cause: Potential for elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone Announcement: WellPet, LLC voluntary recall report dated March 17, 2017 (archived here) What was recalled: 13.2 oz. packages of Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs with best by dates “02 FEB 19,” “29 AUG 19” and “30 AUG 19.”
List of Pedigree Dog Food Recalls
Cause: Possible foreign material: small metal fragments. Announcements: FDA reports dated Aug. 26, 2014 (archived here) and Aug. 31, 2014 (archived here). What was recalled: The specific Pedigree dog food described below:
Cause: Possible choking hazard. Announcement: FDA report dated June 30, 2012 (archived here). What was recalled: The following canned Pedigree dog foods with a Lot Code that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 AND a “best by” date that falls between Feb. 24 and March 23, 2014:
Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: FDA report dated Sep. 12, 2008 (archived here). What was recalled: The following Pedigree dry dog foods with a “PAE” in the 6th, 7th and 8th digits of the Lot Code on the bag, manufactured at Mars Petcare’s Everson, Pennsylvania, facility from Feb. 18 to July 29, 2008:
Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: FDA report dated Aug. 8, 2008 (archived here). What was recalled: 20 lb. bags of Pedigree Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites sold in Albertsons stores in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada (UPC #2310014719, Lot #830BFCAT02, best by July 2009).
Cause: Possible metal fragments. Announcement: Newspaper report from Sept. 6, 2007. What was recalled: The recall involved Pedigree brand “chilled dog rolls” manufactured and sold only in New Zealand. No U.S. Pedigree products were part of this recall. The affected products included the following varieties with “best by” dates of Oct. 16–19, 2007:
Cause: Suspected link to cases of kidney failure in dogs. Announcement: Company announcement from March 2004 (archived here) and newspaper reports. What was recalled: The recall involved certain Asian countries, not the United States. The products were made in Taiwan and Thailand and were sold in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. The affected products included:
Again, no U.S. pet food was affected by this 2004 Pedigree recall, which involved only food sold in the Asian countries noted above.
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