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Royal Canin Dog Food Recall News Alert

This A+ FRR Pet Nutrition FAQ discusses the 2007 recall of Royal Canin Sensible Choice and Veterinary Diet Canine dog foods and Feline cat foods due to possible melamine contamination as well as an earlier 2006 recall for three Royal Canin Veterinary Diet dog foods due to more than thirty reported cases of hypercalcemia resulting from excessive levels of Vitamin D3.
May 11, 2007. ROYAL CANIN USA has recalled eight new Royal Canin Sensible Choice canine dry dog foods and seven new Kasco brand dry dog foods and cat foods due to the products containing trace amounts of a melamine derivative from contaminated rice protein concentrate that was provided to Royal Canin by Cereal Byproducts. The Royal Canin Sensible Choice dog foods recalled are:

  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice Adult Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice Reduced Calorie Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Lamb and Rice Reduced Calorie Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice NATURAL BLEND Adult Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice NATURAL BLEND Senior Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice NATURAL BLEND Puppy Dry Dog Food

The Kasco pet foods recalled are:

  • Kasco Chunks Dry Dog Food
  • Kasco Hi Energy Dry Dog Food
  • Kasco Maintenance Dry Dog Food
  • Kasco Mealettes Dry Dog Food
  • Kasco Mini Chunks Dry Dog Food
  • Kasco Puppy Dry Dog Food
  • Kasco Cat Dry Cat Food

There have been NO confirmed cases to date of melamine-related illnesses in pets eating any of the Sensible Choice or Kasco products affected by this recall.


April 20, 2007. ROYAL CANIN USA has recalled seven canine dry dog foods and one dry cat food due to the presence of a melamine-derivative contaminant (cyanuric acid, a contaminant chemically related to, but distinct from, melamine), in the rice protein concentrate, or rice gluten, ingredient of these foods.

The recalled Royal Canin USA foods are:

  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Senior Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Puppy Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Adult Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Senior Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Sensible Choice Rice & Catfish Meal Formula Adult Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Early Cardiac EC 22 Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Canine Skin Support SS21 Dry Dog Food
  • Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Hypoallergenic HP23 Cat Food

Following the U.S. Royal Canin recall announcement, Royal Canin Canada recalled three canine dry dog foods and two dry cat foods (all Veterinary Diets formulas).

The Royal Canin Sensible Choice formulas are available in pet retail stores nationwide, while the Royal Canin Veterinary Diet formulas are only available for purchase through veterinary clinics.

Royal Canin USA urges pet owners using the dry pet food products listed above to immediately stop feeding their pets the foods and to consult with a veterinarian if they have any immediate concerns about the health of their pet.

Royal Canin has pledged to no longer use any Chinese suppliers for any of its vegetable proteins.

No other Royal Canin pet foods are affected by the recall, according to the company. Additional information on the Royal Canin recall, including a list of all Royal Canin products not affected by the current recall, is available from the Royal Canin USA website.

April 12, 2007. Royal Canin South Africa has advised veterinarians in both South Africa and Namibia to discontinue selling the Vets Choice line of pet foods after 19 dogs in Cape Town and Johannesburg suffered acute kidney failure. This recall does not include any Royal Canin formulas sold in the U.S. or other parts of North America.

Melamine has been found in the Royal Canin pet food company's Vets Choice and Royal Canin dry dog and cat food sold in South Africa and Namibia. The melamine appears to be in a corn gluten ingredient imported from China. Investigators initially thought there might be a possible link to a recent contamination of dog and cat food produced by AquaNutro that had been contaminated by ethylene-glycol imported from Europe. Ethylene-glycol is an anti-freeze that causes renal failure in pets.

April 10, 2007 Update: An expanded list of recalled pet foods from Menu Foods includes the first Royal Canin pet food formula to be recalled. Royal Canin Canada's Medi-Cal Feline Dissolution Formula canned cat food diet, a prescription diet not sold in retail stores, has been recalled.


April 2007 Update: The Royal Canin Veterinary Diets recall listed below covers a period in early 2006 and has no relation to the 2007 Menu Foods pet food recall or the Royal Canin pet foods recalled in 2007.

February 2006. In an earlier recall unrelated to the 2007 melamine contamination recall, ROYAL CANIN USA recalled three of its Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine canned dog foods following 24 reported cases of hypercalcemia in Canada and eight cases in the United States from November 2005 through February 2006. Left untreated, hypercalcemia (excessive amounts of calcium levels in the blood) can lead to bone defects, cardiac changes (including abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia), kidney hypertension and possible renal failure, and, at especially high levels, death.

The three affected Royal Canin Vet Diet formulas were:

  • Waltham Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Urinary SO
  • Waltham Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Calorie Control
  • Waltham Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Low Fat

Not all production lots are affected by the recall. Production lots of URINARY SO in gel canned form with "best before" date codes of 03/2007, 05/2007 and 06/2007 are affected, as are Low Fat Canned Diet with "best before" codes of 06/2007 and Calorie Control Canned Diet with codes of 04/2007 and 07/2007. The "best before" date codes are noted on the side of the cardboard tray pack and on the bottom of each can.

The production code lots for the recalled canned dogfoods should not be feed to pets. Customers should contact their veterinarian or distributor for product replacement or refund information. Customers can also contact Royal Canin's technical veterinary support team at (800) 592-6687 with any questions or concerns.

Independent laboratory results of the nutrient analyses for the formulas have confirmed excessive levels of Vitamin D3 in the canned dog food diets. According to ROYAL CANIN, the abnormally high levels of Vitamin D3 in the affected URINARY SO canned dog foods are due to a vitamin / micro-mineral premix error.

The company reports all appropriate actions have been taken to ensure this type of error does not recur. "All subsequent code lots have been tested and, other than the production lots noted above, can be used with confidence."


A+ FRR Note: Flint River Ranch has no involvement with Royal Canin, and none of Flint River Ranch's all natural, healthy dog food formulas or cat food formulas are involved in this dog food recall or any other pet food recall.

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