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I have seen a couple of posts asking about Royal Canin and just got this via email from my rescue President:<br><br>
April 19, 2007<br><br>
Dear Royal Canin USA Customer,<br><br>
It is with sincere regret that I inform you of a new and unfortunate<br>
development with some of<br>
our pet food products. Although we have no confirmed cases of illness<br>
in<br>
pets, we have decided<br>
to voluntarily remove the following dry pet food products that contain<br>
rice<br>
protein concentrate<br>
due to the presence of a melamine derivative.<br>
ROYAL CANIN SENSIBLE CHOICE® (available in pet specialty stores<br>
nationwide)<br><br>
Dry Dog Food<br>
- Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Senior<br>
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Puppy<br>
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Adult<br>
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Senior<br>
- Rice & Catfish Meal Formula Adult<br><br>
ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIETT (available only in veterinary clinics)<br><br>
Dry Dog Food<br>
- Canine Early Cardiac EC 22T<br>
- Canine Skin Support SS21T<br><br>
Dry Cat Food<br>
- Feline Hypoallergenic HP23T<br><br>
We are taking this proactive stance to voluntarily recall these<br>
products to<br>
avoid any confusion<br>
for our customers about which Royal Canin USA products are safe and<br>
which<br>
products may be affected.<br><br>
Pet owners should immediately stop feeding their pets the Royal Canin<br>
USA<br>
dry pet food products<br>
listed above. Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian if they are<br>
concerned about the<br>
health of their pet. No other Royal Canin diets are affected by this<br>
recall<br>
and CONTINUE TO BE<br>
safe for pets to eat.<br><br>
In addition, Royal Canin USA will no longer use any Chinese suppliers<br>
for<br>
any of our vegetable<br>
proteins.<br><br>
This decision to recall some of our dry pet food products is driven by<br>
our<br>
philosophy that<br>
the "Pet Comes First". The safety and nutritional quality of our pet<br>
food is<br>
Royal Canin USA's<br>
top priority. Pet owners who have questions about this recall and other<br>
Royal Canin USA products<br>
should call 1-800-592-6687.<br><br>
On behalf of the entire Royal Canin family, our hearts go out to the<br>
pet<br>
owners and everyone in<br>
the pet community who have been affected by all of the recent recalls.<br>
We<br>
are as passionate about<br>
the health and happiness of our customers' pets as we are of our own,<br>
so we<br>
are committed to taking<br>
the steps necessary to ensure this never happens again.<br><br>
Sincerely,<br><br>
Olivier Amice<br>
President and CEO<br>
Royal Canin USA
 

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Yes, I saw this morning that they're now including rice protein among the ingredients contaminated with Melamine.<br><br>
Apparently - from what I understand - it artificially "ups" the protein content. It was intentionally added. Ugh. Sick. At least that was my brief impression from the news story.
 

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Here in California a hog farm has been quarantined because they were feeding the pigs excess dog and cat "food" from Diamond and now the pigs urine has melamine in it. Lovely...
 

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THANK YOU for posting this!!<br><br>
Am I correct in understanding that this isn't necessarily a *contamination* issue, but rather a known ingredient that is only now being linked to health problems?<br><br>
I will not be switching our boy back to Royal Canin!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here in California a hog farm has been quarantined because they were feeding the pigs excess dog and cat "food" from Diamond and now the pigs urine has melamine in it. Lovely...</div>
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Yes, they were purchasing the "seconds" from the pet food manufacturers.<br><br>
Nice to know that we feed our pets "first quality" food, and give our own food sources the "seconds". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, they were purchasing the "seconds" from the pet food manufacturers.<br><br>
Nice to know that we feed our pets "first quality" food, and give our own food sources the "seconds". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"></div>
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No, I believe that it is still considered contamination. The melamine is not supposed to be in either the wheat gluten or the rice protein.<br><br>
Their is talk that it may have been deliberately added to boost the protein content in the ingredients. However, it is not a recognized here as a food item, and if it was in foods before, it was not supposed to be.
 

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For further info on what’s really in most commercial pet foods:<br><a href="http://www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1" target="_blank">http://www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1</a>
 

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I just got another email from my group about the hogs! Good grief. I feed my dogs raw and feed them pork ribs and shoulder, etc. I guess I will not be giving them pork until I hear more about this.<br><br>
Crayolaab - yes, apparently there haven't been any health issues reported YET but they are pulling it anyway because of the melamine found in the rice. I just wonder how many other foods are going to pulled before this is all overwith. Thank goodness Royal Canin is doing the responsible thing by voluntarily recalling until they know for sure!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, I believe that it is still considered contamination. The melamine is not supposed to be in either the wheat gluten or the rice protein.<br><br>
Their is talk that it may have been deliberately added to boost the protein content in the ingredients. However, it is not a recognized here as a food item, and if it was in foods before, it was not supposed to be.</div>
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Ah, gotcha! That makes so much more sense now. Thanks!
 

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Here's an interesting article I just found:<br><br><a href="http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_503671.html" target="_blank">http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_503671.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For further info on what’s really in most commercial pet foods:<br><a href="http://www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1" target="_blank">http://www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1</a></div>
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oh, i know. i feed raw and some EVO.
 

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I'm watching the news right now.<br>
paraphrasing:<br><br>
"Melamine was possibly intentionally added to boost protein levels. Found in rice protein powder and wheat gluten. People are being advised to avoid eating pork in the region where pigs were fed contaminated food."<br><br>
It sounds like although this was a contamination, it was an intentional contamination. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'm so thankfull that this was posted here. I feed all my pets SC. After I saw this post I was able to get to my pet food supplier and get Wellness for the cats and California Natural for our dog. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they take well to the food change.
 

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Ugh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> My breeder is feeding Royal Canin, but I checked with her yesterday and it's the Puppy Maxi. Still makes me really really nervous, though
 

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Kayleezoo - Your breeder is feeding puppy food to a Giant breed puppy? That's a huge no-no as far as we are concerned. Here's a link to an article that we have listed on our website: <a href="http://daneangelnetwork.org/puppyfood.htm" target="_blank">http://daneangelnetwork.org/puppyfood.htm</a><br><br>
It is pretty dated and we need to update with information that we have learned about a raw diet but it's still good information.<br><br>
They appear to be a very reputable breeder. I am surprised they are feeding puppy food, for sure!!
 

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Our pup isn't nuts over the California Natural. When I feed him he just looks at it for sometime then picks at it over about an hour. When he was eating the SC food he would dive in a gobble it all up in minutes. Suggestions? Should I add some yougurt? Anyone have something similar with California Natural.<br><br>
I know this isn't the best idea but I'm considering another food change to Wellness. I went with the CN beacause it seemed to be the better choice for his sensitive system. UGH!
 
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