When it comes to pet food recalls I typically stick to the press release which is below. But I most certainly DO credit PEDIGREE with being so forthcoming (while some pet food companies even delay placing recall notices on their websites). From a PEDIGREE spokesperson here is the explanation for the recall, "A conveyor belt broke in our plant, and small pieces of the belt entered the food during the production process. The pieces are made of a hard plastic – so that’s why we are citing choking hazard. (BTW - we resolved the issue by replacing the conveyor with a redesigned drive mechanism.)"
Franklin, Tennessee (June 30, 2012)– Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk.
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. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.
Affected product was distributed to retail customers throughout the United States. Mars Petcare US is working with all of our distributors and retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.
Recalled Pet Food Only cans of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food varieties with the production codes shown below are included in this voluntary 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.
No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of wet food, dry dog food, or dog treats.
At Mars Petcare US, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously. 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 HERE.