Dog Food Maker Issues Limited Recall

Salmonella concerns spur recall in Southern California; no reports of illness at this time.

Posted: August 11, 2008, 7 p.m. EDT

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Due to potential Salmonella contamination, Mars Petcare U.S. of Nashville, Tenn., is voluntary recalling 100 of the 20-pound bags of Pedigree Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites sold in Albertsons stores in Southern California and Las Vegas.

Last week, a component that should have been on hold due to positive testing results was inadvertently shipped to the company’s Tracy, Calif., facility and used in the production of 100 bags of the Pedigree Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites with “best by” dates of 7/2009.

Although the finished product tested negative of Salmonella and there have been no reports of illness or injury resulting from consumption or handling of the recalled dog food, the company said it is taking precaution and issuing the voluntary recall.

Mars Petcare also said it is cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Pet owners are advised to dispose of the product in a safe manner, by using a securely covered trash receptacle, and returning the empty bag to the store where purchased for a full refund. The FDA offers a list of safe pet food handling tips.

Recalled pet food information
Product: Pedigree Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites
Size: 20-pound bags
UPC Code: 23100 14719
Lot Code: 830BFCAT02
Best By Date: 7/2009
Best By Date Location: Back of bag
Affected Stores: Albertsons locations in Southern California and Las Vegas

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. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans.

Call a veterinarian if a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms.

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Vonda   Nixa, MO

8/16/2008 6:54:20 PM

i think it is affecting dogs in other areas, not only in Calif. and Las Vegas, i fed our bulldog this and he got all the symptons of this, I called Pedigree and reported it, they sent out coupons.

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Jennifer   Madras, OR

8/12/2008 5:58:09 PM

another recall for dog food? geez

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d   d, HI

8/12/2008 2:42:09 PM

It sounds pretty bad.

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Pat   San Angelo, TX

8/12/2008 1:53:38 PM

I'm glad they're being proactive about this and not waiting until any dogs get sick (or at least until it is reported), but I can't help but wonder why, if the component was supposed to be on hold, it got into the pet food at all. How do they know it only got into 100 bags. That seems a very small number given the production capabilities of today's facilities. I really hope no dogs become ill or die this time.

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