Mars Petcare voluntary recalled 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material, according to the FDA.
The bags were produced in one manufacturing facility, and shipped to one retail customer, Dollar General. Affected bags, which were sold between Aug. 18, and Aug. 25, in 12 Dollar General stores in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, may contain small metal fragments, which could have entered the packages during the production process.
Each product will have a lot code printed on the back of the bag near the UPC code that reads 432C1KKM03 and a Best Before date of 8/5/15.
No other Pedigree products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats.
The foreign material is not embedded in the food itself, but may present a risk of injury if consumed, according to an FDA release.
The facility production line has been shut down until this issue is resolved.
The company is encouraging consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. They have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product.
Mars Petcare US is working with Dollar General to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.