Pedigree and Chappie dog food recalled over fears they contain dangerous levels of vitamin D

PEDIGREE and Chappie dog foods have been recalled over fears they could contain dangerous levels of vitamin D.

Pet owners who’ve purchased the affected food are being asked to stop feeding it to their dogs.

In extreme cases, exposure to high levels of vitamin D over a long period of time can lead to kidney failure in dogs.

The product recall from parent company Mars Petcare UK includes four different types of Pedigree dry food and one type of Chappie dry food.

Affected brands are 3kg and 10kg Pedigree mixer adult dry dog food, and 2.6kg and 12kg Pedigree adult complete dry dog food with chicken and vegetables.

Complete chicken and wholegrain dry dog food 3kg has also been pulled from shelves.

Which Pedigree and Chappie dog foods are being recalled?

THE following Pedigree and Chappie dog foods are being recalled by parent company Mars UK.

The recall only affects the below batch codes and best before dates for each product.

Chappie Complete Chicken and Wholegrain Dry Dog Food
Pack size: 3 kg
Batch code: 045F9MIN05
Best-before date: 11 May 2022

Pedigree Mixer Adult Dry Dog Original
Pack size: 3 kg
Batch codes: 046E9MIN05, 046F9MIN05, 048A9MIN05
Best-before dates: 12 February 2022, 20 February 2022, 22 February 2022

Pedigree Mixer Adult Dry Dog Food Original
Pack size: 10 kg
Batch codes: 046E9MIN08, 047C9MIN08
Best-before dates: 12 February 2022, 17 February 2022

Pedigree Adult Complete Dry Dog Food with Chicken and Vegetables
Pack size: 12 kg
Batch codes: 046C9MIN08, 046D9MIN08, 046E9MIN08
Best-before dates: 10 February 2022, 11 February 2022, 12 February 2022

Pedigree Adult Complete Dry Dog Food with Chicken and Vegetables
Pack size: 2.6 kg
Batch codes: 045F9MIN05, 047A9MIN05
Best-before dates: 6 February 2022, 15 February 2022

You can see batch codes and best before dates in the box above. All other batch codes and best before codes are unaffected by the recall.

According to Mars UK, the products have been pulled from shelves over fears their vitamin D content exceeds safe amounts.

Symptoms of dogs who've been exposed to high levels of vitamin D for a long period include vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite.

Other problems that could occur include lethargy, increasing thirst and urination and weight loss.

But high levels of vitamin D over a short period of time shouldn’t cause harm to animals.

Your product recall rights

PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.

As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.

But it's often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.

When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don't there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.

If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.

They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.

In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.

You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.

Both Pedigree and Chappie are well-known dog food brands that are sold in supermarkets like Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's.

We couldn't see any of the recalled products listed on a supermarket website, so we can't say how much they cost.

However, dry dog food from Pedigree is typically priced anywhere between £2.75 and £6 depending on the size of the pack you buy.

Meanwhile, the Chappie beef flavour equivalent of the recalled product is priced at £6.50 in Tesco.

Pet owners should return the recalled product to the shop where they purchased it for a full refund.

We're checking with Mars UK if you can return the food directly to them if you've lost your receipt.

The Sun is also asking if any pets have been taken ill from the recalled products.

You can call Mars Petcare UK on 0800 013 3131 for more information about the recall.

Mars UK said: "At Mars Petcare, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners very seriously.

"We care deeply about pets and would like to sincerely apologise for any concern caused."

Other recalls to watch out for include Cow & Gate and Aptamil baby muesli.

Lidl last month also pulled packs of chicken nuggets and chicken pops over fears they could contain salmonella.

Meanwhile, more than 760,000 pounds of Hot Pockets are being recalled over concerns they may have pieces of glass and hard plastic.

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