A limited range of varieties of Pedigree weight management canned dog food is being recalled voluntarily due to a potential choking risk, U.S. officials say.
Officials of Mars Petcare said the affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic that entered the food during the production process.
"The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange," Petcare officials said in a statement. "While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness."
Only cans of Pedigree weight management canned dog food varieties with the production codes shown below are included in the recall. Each product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212, and a best-before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014:
-- 2310034974 Pedigree Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entree in Meaty Juices.
-- 2310001913 Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices.
-- 2310023045 Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty.
No other Pedigree products were affected.
"At Mars Petcare US, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously," company officials said in a statement. "We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this recall. Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-720-3335 or visit pedigree.com/update."
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