Mars Petcare U.S. has voluntarily recalled three Pedigree weight management canned dog food products due to possible contamination with blue plastic fragments that inadvertently entered the food during production. This article lists the involved UPC numbers. Owners can return already purchased food for a full refund.

The recall, however is not related to the rash of pet food recalls issued since April 2012 because of Salmonella contamination.

Mars Petcare US, who oversees several popular brands including Royal Canin, Whiskas, Cesar, Nutro, Sheba and Greenies, issued the recall for a different reason: Three varieties of the Pedigree Weight Management canned dog food products may pose a potential choking risk.

The affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the food during the production process. The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved.

The canned food was distributed to retail customers throughout the United States. Mars Petcare US is working with all of its distributors and retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold, nor available for purchase.

    • UPC# 2310034974 Pedigree + Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entree in Meaty Juices
  • UPC# 2310001913 Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices
  • UPC# 2310023045 Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices


Only those cans of dog food varieties with the production codes shown above are included in this 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.

Pet owners who have purchased affected product are asked to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.

Consumers who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-720-3335 between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (CST) or visit

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4 responses to “Pedigree food recalled over choking concerns”

  1. Dana Carter says:

    We simply never connected the death of our Golden and German Shepard passing away within months of each other. The Golden was 10 and Shepard 6.

    My wife wanted another GSD, so I got her one for her birthday 3 years ago. It wasnt until we recently felt it was time to get a Yellow Lab. She was an amazing smart and happy little girl Her name was Daisy. By pure accident we were given another dog food with the new German Shepard which is now 3. Due to the fact that he liked the food so well and was healthy we continued our new Daisy on the same brand. For 4 months all was happy and well. We left for vacation and just told the dog sitter to pick some food up. They picked up PEDIGREE!!!! Within days both dogs were lethargic, stopped eating and drinking, not playing at all, just laying around itching biting their paws, hot spots. By the time we realized what that it started with the food change….. it was too late. The Shepard survived..he’s much better after some vitamins and back on the Iams. My little Daisy passed away at 4 months old. The vet and others directed us to multiple complaints which looking back….our other guys were showing the same symptoms after switching, it just took longer for the Pedigree to kill them due to their amune systems being established and being very active and healthy. They had the ability to fight off whatever it is in the PEDIGREE that kills.

    • I am so very sorry to hear this story. You poor people. How very sad.
      I think you should share this with 2 websites:

      They keep track to these stories.

      Honestly, you should watch out for Iams too. The best source for the Best Pet Foods is Whole Dog Journal. The subscription is only $20 a year and you can get their list of the best pet foods to feed your dog.

      I suggest you stay away from chicken as well and feed less common proteins, such as duck, buffalo, rabbit, etc.

      Our condolences to your family on your terrible losses.

      • Doggy says:

        That Iams is crap too. Go to a high end safe dog food. THere are many out there in the USA using USA human grade food ingredients. Most grocery store dog foods are terrible for your pet.

  2. Darlene Carlo says:

    I’m sorry for your loss but who doesn’t leave the right food for the dog sitter to feed and just leaves it up to her to purchase?

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