Royal Canin USA Announces The Voluntary Nationwide Recall of its Dry Pet Food Products Containing Rice Protein Concentrate

    Rice Protein Concentrate from China Tainted With Melamine Derivative
    Prompts Recall Announcement

    ST CHARLES, Mo., April 20 /CNW/ -- Royal Canin USA is announcing today
that the company has determined there is a melamine derivative in the rice
protein concentrate in some of its dry pet food products.
    Although Royal Canin USA has no confirmed cases of illness in pets, we
have decided to voluntarily remove all of our dry pet food products containing
rice protein concentrate.  We are taking this proactive stance to avoid any
confusion for our customers about which Royal Canin USA products are safe and
which products may be affected.
    "We are as passionate about the health and happiness of our customers'
pets as we are of our own, so we are committed to taking the steps necessary
to ensure this never happens again," said Olivier Amice, President and CEO of
Royal Canin USA.
    As a precaution, Royal Canin USA is voluntarily recalling the following
dry pet food products:

    ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET(TM) (available only in veterinary clinics)

    Dry Dog Food
    -- Canine Early Cardiac EC 22(TM)
    -- Canine Skin Support SS21(TM)

    Dry Cat Food
    -- Feline Hypoallergenic HP23(TM)

    ROYAL CANIN SENSIBLE CHOICE(R) (available in pet specialty stores

    Dry Dog Food
    -- Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Senior
    -- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Puppy
    -- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Adult
    -- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Senior
    -- Rice & Catfish Meal Formula Adult

    Based on today's announcement, pet owners should immediately stop feeding
their pets the Royal Canin USA dry pet food products listed. Pet owners should
consult with a veterinarian if they are concerned about the health of their
pet. No other Royal Canin diets are affected by this recall and CONTINUE TO BE
safe for pets to eat.
    Along with this announcement, Royal Canin USA will no longer use any
Chinese suppliers for any of our vegetable proteins.
    "On behalf of the entire Royal Canin family, our hearts go out to the pet
owners and everyone in the pet community who have been affected by all of the
recent recalls," said Dr. Denise Elliott, Director of Scientific Affairs for
Royal Canin USA. "We are working very closely with the FDA to assist in its
efforts to determine the cause of this most recent and disturbing
    The safety and nutritional quality of our pet food is Royal Canin USA's
top priority as we understand that the health of pets comes first.  Pet owners
who have questions about this recall and other Royal Canin USA products should
call 1-800-592-6687 or visit our web site at

    All Royal Canin USA products have a satisfaction guarantee and we will
refund or replace the diets that have been recalled.

For further information:

For further information: Erik Mueller for Royal Canin USA, 
+1-636-926-1089 Web Site:

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