Pedigree Dog Food Recall


August 26, 2014 – Mars Petcare US has announced a voluntary recall of 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to the possible presence of a foreign material.

Pedigree Dog Food RecallThe affected bags were sold in Dollar General stores in four states.

Although the small metal fragments are not embedded in the food itself, they may present a risk of injury if consumed.

The company is working with Dollar General to ensure that the recalled product is no longer sold and is removed from inventory.

What’s Recalled?

Only 15 pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food with the production code detailed below were sold at 12 Dollar General stores in the following four states:

  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee

Each product 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.

Pedigree Dog Food Recall Package Details

No other Pedigree products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats.

What to Do

Consumers may contact Mars Petcare at 800-305-5206 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • Dan Popescu

    Did you know Mars, the company owning Pedigree, also makes Royal Canin? And Chappi, Eukanuba, Natura, Whiskas, and also the famous: M&Ms and Mars, Twix, Snickers, Bounty and many more.,_Incorporated#Products_for_pet_consumption

    I think they want you to not know so that if one of the names gets a bad rap, it doesn’t affect the other brands, but all the research is shared with one another and I doubt they use much higher standards in the more expensive brands.

    Pedigree = Diarrheea

    My sweet 11 weeks lab puppy had it too and I switched it to Farmina N&D, ever since he started refusing to eat Pedigree anymore – incredible since at first he ate it in a matter of a minute or two.

  • Kevin Hyatt

    “MEAL” Is just the cooked down version of the “Real Food”. It’s better to have beef meal at the top of the ingredients versus just “Beef” because the uncooked beef is mostly water, and after it’s been cooked it actually comes out to be a much smaller portion, and thus would appear lower on the ingredients list. Using this tactic, many dog food companies will use just enough uncooked real meat, just to get it at the top of the list, to hide the fact that once cooked, their primary ingredient is actually something less appealing like Corn Meal.

  • ChierDuChien

    My big old lab mix lived to be 15-1/2 on a diet of Pedigree dry food.

    If your dog is barfing, you are probably feeding it way too much food.

    Use a measure – I used a cat food can filled level as a measure and the dog got one in the morning and one at dinner. The dog was lean and trim and stayed very active until the last year of it’s life. Fat dogs cannot get enough exercise and are not healthy.

  • Elena

    If you’re feeding pedigree you’ve got more problems than just metal bits in your food.

  • Nicole Suter- Johnson

    Found plastic fibers in the pedigree healthy weight chicken flavor 15lb bag 8/16/15. My spaniel is at vet hospital being treated for pneumonia (obviously not related) but also for a possible blockage or other issue due to not eating, committing and diarrhea which they think is unrelated to the pneumonia. The found fibers were embedded in the food and were small and had the appearance of fishing line but was a hard plastic.

  • Britney

    My golden all the sudden started having diarrhea everywhere and could not figure out why. Guess I know now. Leaving now to get something different.

  • djhart54

    Our dogs experienced diarrhea, hair loss, and vomiting while on Pedigree. Eventually they refused to even touch the Pedigree, so we switched to Gentle Giant and they responded exceptionally well to it and appear to be recovering well from the health issues since we changed. They really dig in when we feed them the Gentle Giant, too – we will never purchase another Mars Pedigree product.

  • Brenda

    Is anyone finding mold in there food pedigree complete food adult ….. I found two big chunks of food with mold

  • Martha Armetna

    Thank you for letting me know about this heart worm pill. I’ve wrote it down and will ask the vet about it. Might give that a try after the Heartgard is gone. Or if I can return the unused box, I had brought enough for a year. Have a great night.

  • Dori

    Hi Martha. Sentinel is a HW preventative chewable pill given once a month. My girls like them. I just toss them in their meals and they just chew them right along with their meal. They must be given with food. I’ve never had an issue with Sentinel and have been using it for years. Night night.

  • Martha Armetna

    Hi Dori, Your dogs sound so cute and tiny. Duchess is about 12 lbs, I do give her the heart worm chewable from Heartgard, She seems to do well on that. it’s hard to get it down her as she doesn’t like it, it’s beef, if it was chicken don’t think there would be a problem, What is Sentinel? Don’t think I’ve heard of that. I do what ever I can to keep her in good health, it well be 2 years on Halloween that she had a cancerous lump removed. So far she’s doing well. She’s 10 years old now. Have a good night.

  • Details regarding the expanded recall have already been posted here. However, due to server caching, the link to that page may not be visible on every page for a few more hours.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Wow, I’ll say.

    Apparently, it’s Sam’s Club’s fault for selling the product instead of holding it in inventory. @@

    Thanks for sharing this information.

  • Dori

    Hi Martha. Glad you’ll be getting to see your son and daughter and have a nice long visit. I have three dogs. Hannah is my 15 year old 7 lb. Maltese, Katie is our 5 year old 6 lb. Maltipoo and Lola is our 5 year old 5 lb. Yorkipoo. I’d rather take our chances on the Sentinel then the HW treatment. As I mentioned, our dogs are so tiny it would be a very harsh treatment for any dog let alone dogs as tiny as ours are.

  • Sure.

    Like I said, it was quietly updated. Sneaky, right?

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Do you have a link to your source by chance? I’ve searched the FDA website, but am not finding anything. Thanks!

  • Martha Armetna

    I have a son and daughter that live in GA. We are planing to go to see them in Oct and stay until after New Year’s, haven’t seen them in over 7 years. So I might need to get flea stuff for the time we are out there. I don’t blame you I wouldn’t want to put my little dog through that treatment either. My daughter in law’s fathers Chow got heart worm, he lived in FL, his dog was very active and it was so hard to keep the dog quiet. The dog couldn’t run, jump, or play. Cost him a lot of money to get his dog better. What kind of dogs do you have? I have a Miniature Pincher .

  • Martha Armetna

    It’s not to much of a problem here in CO, we do get cold winters. But I give her the heart worm chewable, don’t want to take a chance. 2 years ago she had cancer, so I’m very careful with her.

  • Martha Armetna

    When we lived in FL the mosquitoes were so big you could see them coming after you. You diffidently needed the flea & tick and the heart worm stuff. They are not to bad here in CO but you do need to use the stuff here. But so some reason my dog doesn’t get fleas, I always check her too. Haven’t seen many mosquitoes here. When we lived in Idaho there was no, fleas, mosquitoes, guess because it was so cold for most of the year. Hope you had a good Labor Day.

  • This recall was quietly expanded over the weekend to include certain 55 lb. bags of the same food from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

  • Christine Daley

    I feed my dogs Orijen. One is on large breed puppy and the other 2 alternate regional red and 6 fish. Natures variety is also a top quality brand!! Just transition a week. They will be fine!! That purina food is real junk!! Very low quality despite the metal pieces!!

  • Dori

    I live in Georgia where the Mosquitos are alive and well. We have a terrible heart worm problem here. I wouldn’t want to have to put my tiny girls through the arsenic treatment. I don’t think any of them would make it through the treatment. My three girls range from 5 lbs to 7 lbs.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    My aunt and uncle recently visited my home in the Chicago area from their home in California. They couldn’t believe the mosquitoes here. We get eaten alive and both my daughter and I welt up from them. Apparently, there are no mosquitoes where they live.

  • Martha Armetna

    We use to live in Sandpoint Idaho, that’s about 69 miles south of Canada. Didn’t have many flies either. I loved it there, do miss it.

  • LabsRawesome

    I agree, in some states you definitely need to use a heart worm preventative. Where I’m at it’s not a problem.

  • Martha Armetna

    My dog is little, so I have to cute it little piece’s and put it in lunch meat, never thought of the cream cheese or liverwurst. She’s not to crazy of cream cheese, she will eat a few piece’s, then won’t. But she does love liverwurst. Bet that would mask the smell of the chewable.

  • Martha Armetna

    When we lived in Idaho we didn’t need to use the heart worm or flea stuff, but here in CO we need the heart worm meds, I always check Duchess and she’s never had fleas. When we lived in FL you needed to use flea stuff and the heart worm. If a dog gets heart worm it can cost hundreds of dollars to cure your dog. My daughter in law’s fathers dog got heart worm and he paid over a $1,000.00 to cure his dog. He had a Chow. It’s so hard to get rid of too.

  • Dori

    I do the same thing BC. I feed my girls in their crates with their pills embedded in their meals. No chance of anyone getting anyone else’s meds. I also know how much each individual dog ate at meal time.

  • theBCnut

    I always put the embedded pills in their food dishes with their dinner and a few pieces of cream cheese or liverwurst that is pill free, and feed them in their crates, so there is no chance of the wrong dog getting the wrong pill.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Brian, it depends what state you live in. Diamond has 3 plants. The Gaston South Carolina plant is the one with all the recalls. The other 2 plants aren’t affected by recalls. Here’s a link to an article from this site. It gives a list of about 15 states in the U. S. that are supplied by the S.C. plant, that has all the recalls. If your state is not on this list, then your Diamond foods are manufactured at one of the other 2 Diamond plants that don’t have the recalls. As long as you’re buying in store, and not online.

  • LabsRawesome

    I don’t use any heart worm preventative. I’ve never had any of of my dogs get them either.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Arabella will eat hers, but I don’t trust her with it so I make sure she stays in front of me with it until it’s gone. Sam won’t touch it, so he gets his shoved into his gullet.

  • theBCnut

    Mine won’t eat the chewables either so I put them in cream cheese or liverwurst.

  • Martha Armetna

    No it was the 6 month shot, she didn’t like to eat the chew able, so thought the shot would be better. Boy was I wrong. my little dog now doesn’t like the chew able either so I cut it up and give it to her in chicken lunch meat. Be nice if they made it in chicken flavor, Duchess doesn’t like beef. Chicken and Turkey is her favorite.

  • Martha Armetna

    It was for Heart Worm, think it was the ProHeart 6. It’s a 6 month shot. It was taken off the market for a long time, now I see it’s back. There is no way I’d chance it again.

  • Brian Baty

    Thanks jeremy , I will start buying that …taste of the wild is not so good after all :/ after what I was reading

  • Brian Baty

    Wow really? Thanks for the info …looks like I’ll do some more research then…what do you feed your dog?

  • Shar24

    those wagon train commercials irk me.

  • theBCnut

    Yep, it’s moxidectin. If they can’t/won’t tell you why dogs died with the first release, why would anyone want to use it with the second release. I know people who use it, but I’m not convinced that it’s safe, anymore than the new Wagon Train jerky commercials convince me that their chicken jerky is safe.

  • Ann Watkins

    no there is a shot

  • LabsRawesome

    ProHeart 6 is a long-acting 6-month heartworm preventative (shot). It was
    taken off the market in the past but fairly recently re-introduced. – Sandy

  • LabsRawesome

    No, I definitely didn’t use it. Martha Armetna mentioned getting her dog a shot for Heart worm. And that was the first I’d heard of it. Her dog died after the second shot. Her post is about 10 up from this one.

  • Guest

    What type of shot was it? My poodle started having seizures. What brand? So I can avoid it with my new puppy. Thanks

  • Melissaandcrew

    Then you didn’t use it! For some reason those that died, seemed to have done so after the second injection. I would have to google to confirm but I believe it is/w as s moxidectin.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Oh my gosh, how terrible!

  • LabsRawesome

    OMG that’s crazy! I never heard of it before.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Labs-its called Proheart 6. Its an injection of a chemical to prevent heartworm for 6mths. I never used it then, and I sure as hell would not use it now. It was off market for several years and returned a yr or so ago. Many deaths reported from the first release, and it seems like most dogs died after the second injection.

  • Shar24

    I feed my puppy Wellness Core Puppy, it is a 5 star food that has calcium levels appropriate for a large breed puppy. But if you make the switch, its good to transition to a mid range food first, because the difference in nutrition is so vast between Pedigree and Wellness Core. A lot of people recommend Nutrisource as a good food for transitioning.

  • Debi Farnham

    I am in California. I fed my dogs this food and they were violently ill. In fact I thought I was going to lose them. I will look at the number to see if it was possibly from this lot.

  • Marissa

    I have just recently switched to Canidae Grain Free Pure sky, for my 1 year old boxer and enjoys it. I was giving her Iams and she was not to happy with it and they just recently had a recall as well. But the Canidae i find is on of less pricey “higher priced’ dog foods. Also i get her the Made with Duck,and duck is the first ingredient labeled there along with sweet potatoes and peas. Check it out if you’d like (:

  • LabsRawesome

    Oh Martha Armetna said her dog died from the Heart worm shot. Maybe she meant a treatment, and not a vacc? IDK.

  • Dori

    OMG! You need to report this to the store you purchased the food, the manufacturer and the FDA immediately. So sorry to here about your dog. No, I do not believe that this is coincidental.

  • It’s not a vaccine. ProHeart 6 is a long-acting 6-month heartworm preventative. It was taken off the market in the past but fairly recently re-introduced.

  • LabsRawesome

    I was not aware that a heart worm vaccine even exists. My dogs get their core vaccs when they are puppies.And that is all. No boosters. Except for rabies, and only because it’s required by law. Because when the shots are given the dog is protected for life. Just like we are from our baby shots.

  • Erika Cox

    Cheap foods have high quantity of fillers, so switching to high-end food may seem expensive, but you will not use as much food per meal so in the end, it can actually be cheaper. Check that the first 4 ingredients listed on the bag are real food, and not “meal” pieces or parts! The rescue group that I adopted through switched all of their dogs to Life’s Abundance and it has cleared up a lot of other skin issues, allergies, etc. There is a link on their website if you want to check it out:

  • anonymous

    We have a golden doodle puppy and have been using the pedigree puppy food and he loves it. I had no idea it was so bad for them. Any recommendations for a growing pup who eats alot?

  • Tammy Wimmer

    It concerns me these things are happening but in all honesty my dogs have eaten pedigree for about 18 years at least and i have never had an issue! Alot of foods get recalled including the high end foods and alot of human food gets recalled also, i feel horrible at those that have had an issue but only way to be sure ur pet is safe is cook for them urself and even that is not foolproof !

  • Martha Armetna

    I don’t think the FDA will do much, I had a dog die from the heart worm shot in 2004. My vet had told me the signs my Lady was having was from the shot, I gave it to her the first time, she got an enlarged heart, thought it was because she was older, was 11 yrs at that time. Then 6 months later I gave her the next shot, then she started to have seizure’s, and she go to the point she would just wet on herself. So had to put her to sleep. They told me to call the FDA and let them know as they have taken it off the market. I called answered a lot of question and I never got anything out it. Not even “we are sorry for your lose.” I see it’s back on the market and there is no way I’d give to my Min Pin Duchess.

  • tammy snyder

    Thanks for that info …
    My vet actually told me that I needed to stay away from diamond products and proceeded to tell me all the names they manufactured.
    Guessing I better get a different vet

  • Martha Armetna

    Hi Tammy, After I sent it I remembered it was Blue Buffalo. She is a very picky eater. Thank you for letting me know.

  • Christine Daley

    Stay away from all that purina cheap food, pedigree, Beneful, dental sticks by them. It is such poor quality and now metal in the food.

  • Cindy

    My Rott eats Pedigree and we get it at Costco. No problem and we live in the marysville, Wa area.

  • teriquajones

    Every time I see a pet food recall, I wish there was a lawyer who specialized in class action lawsuits for our pets.
    Until that happens; if you lose a pet because of a food or service issue you are definitely entitled to be reimbursed for the following..

    *Cleaning fees for anything soiled due to your pets’ illness
    *A full refund for the product or service (NOT coupons or gift certificates)
    *The price you paid for your pet
    *All related Vet bills
    *Lost wages (if you are paid hourly and provide a statement from your employer)

    I know this only from experience. But I hope it will help someone. These companies don’t acknowledge pain and suffering; they will not give you anything to make up for killing your beloved pet.
    If enough pet-owners hold these companies accountable, the bad ones will eventually go out of business.

  • Christine Daley

    OMG! So sorry about the loss of anyone’s dog and the one in surgery for the metal spring. They did not even mention florida on the list as being on the recall. I have 3 yellow labs and have spent months researching dog foods. I know the better brands can be pricey but they are happy and healthy. Vet bills are more expensive plus you have a sick fur baby!! I personally feed Orijen rotating with natures variety instinct. Also add a raw natures variety topper at supper time.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    No kidding?! Wow! Sounds like you caught things early on and that your pup is in good hands. Let us know how he’s doing after his surgery. I hope everything goes well for him!

  • Jeremy

    Not a very high quality food either though, you should try Fromm Classic, no recalls and they’ve been in business since the early 1900’s. Hope this helps 🙂 cheers!

  • Jeremy

    You should check out Hi Tek Naturals, family owned company and no recalls. Very close to the price point of the taste of the wild and five star review on here 🙂 Cheers!

  • Jeremy

    It’s not actually co-packed by Diamond, that’s the Kirkland foods from costco as well as solid gold and chicken soup for the dog/cat lovers soul. Blue just opened their first production facility this past week with plans for five more before too long. When those five open they will no longer be co-packing, which will be very good news. The most current thing I can find about who packs their food is listed in this article.

    It’s in the second paragraph, and the article was posted March 2014.

  • Crazy4cats

    Doesn’t sound coincidental. I’m hoping your dog has a full recovery!

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Not yet, but we will do so. The veterinarian found other metal objects in our puppy’s stomach as well, including one that was still inside the good nugget.

  • Anita

    I would never buy that stuff of Pedigree products ever again! The dental stix made her so sick to her stomach, it was impossible for her to keep the food down and keep the water in her system! That is crap, I would never buy any of their products ever again!!!!!!!!!

  • Kibby

    No, it’s actually just copacked in the Diamond plant. Many many foods are produced in that plant. And when Diamond has a recall, they all have to recall. There is a risk with any large brand, processed dog food.

  • stefanie

    I am so sorry about your dog i just saw this news an im really concerned my dog diet on Saturday night by sudden death an was fine up intill that happened. She just started eating pedagree dog food that day an died that night. I can’t believe this

  • Michell Beales

    we just lost our 5 yrs old dog 3 weeks ago after purchasing pedigree from a family dollar. we had over 1000.00 in tests done and could not find anything but, she was healthy until eating that food. i am wondering now. she had severe stomach issues and eventually became paralyzed in the rear legs.

  • 4FootedFoodie
  • Anonymous

    Purchased large puppy Pedigree earlier this week from a Walmart in Tampa — dog is now in surgery having a small spring removed from his stomach. Coincidental?

  • Jackie Tullock

    I sent Mars a letter and a foreign object I found in Pedigree quite some time ago. Never heard a word from the company and never bought that brand again.

  • Francis Mingora

    my dog is on nutural choice rice and lamb has no truble neaver has it been recalled its good for algeges good skin and coat in and out try it yull love it

  • tammy snyder

    Martha ,
    That’s made by diamond, which has had numerous recalls in the past, please be careful with that brand
    Tammy ..

  • a canadian

    Raw food diet is the best way.. all fresh veggies, meats and fish..nothing to worry about..

  • Jeffery

    No recalls for Joy Dog Food.

  • CurtQuayle

    Taste of the Wile has had a billion recalls I would never feed it.

  • Feed custom designed, fresh food…never recalled, always fresh from TopDogDinners

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  • Felicia Tawil

    “Sold in 4 State”s… Well, Which 4 States… Where is it supposedly Listed ???

  • Martha Armetna

    I only feed my little dog Blue Wilderness, wet & dry. Only natural treats. I always read the ingredients,

  • Brian Baty

    Agreed !!!! I feed my dog taste of the wild

  • My turn

    …Says the puppy mill supporter.
    Go buy another $5k dog and help contribute to the overpopulation.

  • Donna Chernishenko

    Go RAW and you have no worries. You control what goes into your dogs belly 🙂

  • Christine Daley

    Pedigree is absolutely horrible food to begin with. Never mind now metal fragments!! Maybe now people will get smarter and start to educate themselves about pet nutrition. This food is the lowest of the low filled with corn and by products which are the scraps of the slaughter house!! Yuk!! Not for my pups!!

  • Maureen

    Thank you so much. Even though my state was not one listed I am still glad I got this email. I forward it on to my friends.

  • Pat Barker Almond

    Ty for the info!! Keep up the good work! It is very appreciated! We love our furbabbies!!! 🙂