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Guide Dogs' veterinary staff has received questions about the recent recall of certain cat and dog foods published in the news. Here is the information which you can review and share.

Last updated: April 23, 2007

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

Dry Dog Food

  • Canine Early Cardiac EC 22™
  • Canine Skin Support SS21™

Dry Cat Food

  • Feline Hypoallergenic HP23™

ROYAL CANIN SENSIBLE CHOICE® (available in pet specialty stores nationwide)

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 above. 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 development."

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 www.royalcanin.us.

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

Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Certain Branded and Private Label Branded Dog Biscuits on April 5, 2007

As a precautionary measure, Sunshine Mills, Inc. ("Sunshine"), a branded and private-label pet food manufacturer based in Red Bay, Alabama, is voluntarily recalling a portion of its branded dog biscuits made at its Red Bay, Alabama biscuit plant during part of March 2007. These brands include: Nurture Chicken & Rice, Nurture Lamb & Rice, Pet Life Large, Pet Life Extra Large, Pet Life Large Variety, Pet Life Large Peanut Butter, Lassie Lamb and Rice, and Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treats. Private label biscuits for five of Sunshine's customers were also affected. A complete list of affected biscuit brands, sizes, and codes is available below or at our website, www.sunshinemills.com. Sunshine's other biscuit brands and products that include small and medium sized biscuits were not affected. It is also important to note that dry dog and cat food and soft and chewy treats for dogs or cats manufactured by Sunshine are not affected and not included in this recall.

The company is taking this voluntary action of recalling the dog biscuits listed below after learning from the FDA that wheat gluten supplied to Sunshine from a specific manufacturing facility in China contained melamine. Melamine is a substance not approved for use in food. The FDA made this finding as part of its ongoing investigation into the recent pet food recall.

The recalled dog biscuits are marketed nationwide by many pet food retailers including the mass channel, traditional grocery, and pet specialty stores. No dog illnesses or deaths have been reported to date in connection with these dog biscuits. The recalled dog biscuits contain one percent or less by weight of wheat gluten.

Consumers should immediately stop feeding their dog the dog biscuits with the specified date codes and consult with a veterinarian if they have any health concerns with their dog.

Sunshine's products are 100% guaranteed. Consumers may receive the full replacement value of the recalled dog biscuits by returning them to the place of purchase or consumers may contact Sunshine's customer service number at (800) 705-2111 for further information about the recall and for other instructions on obtaining a product refund.

The safety and well-being of pets are Sunshine's utmost concern. We deeply regret this unforeseen situation.

News from Purina on 31 March 2007:

Nestle Purina PetCare Company has announced that it is voluntarily recalling all sizes and varieties of its ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food. The recalled 13.2-ounce and 22-ounce ALPO Prime Cuts cans, and 6-,8-,12- and 24-can ALPO Prime Cuts Variety Packs have four-digit code dates of 7037 through 7053, followed by the plant code 1159. Those codes follow a "Best Before Feb. 2009" date. Look for this information on the bottom of individual cans, or the top or side of the multi-pack cartons.

Purina's 5.3 ounce Mighty Dog pouch products, manufactured by Menu Foods, were previously withdrawn from the market as a precaution on March 16th.

No Purina brand dry pet foods are affected by the recall, including ALPO Prime Cuts dry.

For details, please see the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release at http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/purina203_07.html.

Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. Reiterates Only One Product Recalled, Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food on 31 March 2007

Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is issuing this press release directly to veterinarians and pet owners to clarify a potentially confusing headline in a press release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 30, 2007. To ensure complete understanding by consumers and veterinary professionals, Hill's is reiterating that there is only one product affected by Hill's voluntary recall announcement yesterday: Hill's Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food. This is the only product Hill's currently sells in the United States and Canada that contains wheat gluten from any supplier. No other Hill's Prescription Diet or Science Diet products are affected by this voluntary recall.

Hill's took this voluntary action to recall Hill's Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food in consultation with the FDA which reports the detail of this single product recall on its web site. However, some consumers and veterinarians have been confused by the headline on the FDA press release.

Hill's Pet Nutrition's press release from March 30, 2007, accurately reflecting all the details of this matter, appears at Hillspet.com. For more information, consumers can contact the company at 800-445-5777 or visit www.HillsPet.com for details.

Information posted on 22 March 2007

Millions of containers of dog and cat food sold at major retail outlets across the country were recalled by Menu Foods, the Canadian-based company that manufactured the food. The recall affects the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of meat in gravy and is sold in cans and foil pouches. According to various news reports, an unknown number of cats and dogs nationwide have suffered kidney failure, and about 10 died after eating the affected food, the company said.

Please note that no dry, kibble type foods have been recalled, only the "cuts and gravy" style moist foods.

You can access a list of the recalled products at the Menu Foods' website: www.menufoods.com/recall (link opens in a new window).

Procter & Gamble (Iams, Eukanuba) and Hill's Pet Nutrition have announced voluntary recalls in the U.S. and Canada of products manufactured for them by Menu Foods, although it is noted that these foods have not been implicated in the illnesses or deaths.

For more information on these voluntarily recalled foods, please refer to their websites (each of the following links open in a new window):

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