Pet-food recall continues to widen
Royal Canin USA said on Friday it was
voluntarily recalling all of its dry pet food products containing rice protein
concentrate after it found a melamine derivative in some
Melamine is an industrial
chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers.
of dog and cat food products across the United States since mid-March. More than
100 brands of pet food have been recalled after reports of cases of pets
developing kidney failure.
The U.S. Food
and Drug Administration has received more than 14,000 reports of pet illnesses
so far. Officials have confirmed just 16 deaths but believe the actual number
could be higher.
Royal Canin said it had
not confirmed cases of illness in pets due to its
“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,” the company said in a
The company will also no
longer use Chinese suppliers for any of its vegetable proteins, it