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    joanne l

    I hate to say this, but I was researching Royal Canine and it is made by Mars and I cam across this website:

    #137680 Report Abuse
    joanne l

    Hey everyone, I did not hear back from you guys? I wanted to try Royal C. but since it is made by Mars I don’t think I will. The FDA did investigation and found very unclean situation over there. My website explains it and it sounds terrible!! I say this respectfully, I don’t care if Royal Canine is one of the “better foods” to feed I do not feel comfortable feeding it at this time. Just wanted everyone to know what I found out. Maybe you guys know it already.

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    #137685 Report Abuse

    Mars is the parent company. As far as I know, Royal Canin has its very own manufacturing facilities and only RC is made in those facilities. So unless RC was also recalled for these issues I don’t see how it applies to that food. The people who manufacture Ceaser don’t make RC.

    I have heard from multiple vets who have visited the RC factories and they always describe them as spotless and very strict, comparable to a facility for human food. Due to all of the ingredient testing RC does prior and after using, I am personally very comfortable with RC but to each their own.

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    Bobby dog

    Hi joanne:
    Was the FDA investigation into an RC facility? Mars has several brands of pet food under their umbrella. Each brand has their own team of employees, procedures, and facilities they make their foods at and each is responsible for their product.

    I have only read about the meticulous procedures RC follows making their pet foods.

    I don’t feed RC, I have only fed Mars Sheba cat food in the past. I have fed RC Rx foods and was extremely happy with the results. I would feed RC and plan to try it in the future.

    Maybe aimee will pop in, she feeds RC and is well versed on it.

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    joanne l

    I don’t know much only what I read and it looks like mars makes Royal C. I hope I am wrong but we need to find out for sure. Because anything made by Mars I don’t like, even if they have Vets on staff.

    #137693 Report Abuse

    I believe it was Cesar’s Canned Dog Food. Not under the RC umbrella.

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    joanne l

    Mars Petcare

    A factory at North Sioux City, South Dakota, USA, was originally purchased by Mars in 2007 and worked under the Mars Petcare brand. This was then re-branded to Royal Canin in 2011, where it manufactures both wet and dry pet food.

    I copied this on line. https://www.cookinglight.com/news/iams-pedigree-mars-dog-food-recall
    Yes, Mars makes Royal Canine!!

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    #137700 Report Abuse
    Bobby dog

    The above quote is from Wiki about RC, not from the “Cooking Light” article you posted a link to.

    The Cooking Light article is about Cesar dog food recalls, not RC or any of Mars other brands.

    Mars does not make pet food, they own companies that make pet food and other products. As I wrote above, RC has it’s own facilities and team members.

    The best thing to do is ask RC directly:
    https://www.royalcanin.com/us/contact-us#Contact us

    #137711 Report Abuse
    joanne l

    Hi Bobby, I just called Royal Canine, and they said Mars own’s them, but they make their own food at their plant. And she told me Mars owns a lot of brands but they don’t make them, they just own them. Now the article I post is confusing now that I see what you are saying. So I really don’t know what facility they are talking about. But I would like to find out because what ever facility it is sound terrible.

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    Bobby dog

    The article you posted from Cooking Light is about the Cesar dog food recall in 2016, not of any of the other Mars owned brands..

    “During this time, multiple consumers also complained about finding hard plastic pieces and elastic material in their pet’s food. The plastic was traced back to broken equipment at the plant. After consumers discovered foreign material in the canned food in 2016, Mars recalled 54,255 cases of CESAR Classics Filet Mignon Flavor.” ~ 4th paragraph Cooking Light

    There are several links in the article as well, one being to the FDA site. I only found this announcement concerning the Cesar 2016 recall on the FDA site. It only addresses plastic in the food not any of the other alleged observations written about in the article so I am not sure where the rest of the info was gathered from.

    Regardless, I have always found it best to ask the company in question specific written questions so I can reference info when needed. Good luck.

    #137788 Report Abuse

    Hi joanne

    When I read the Cooking light article like you I thought Yuck! But when I read the actual FDA report that the article is based on I came away with a whole different perspective.

    Yes, there was plastic in the food traced back to incoming fresh frozen beef by products ( spleens lungs and gullets) Not sure why Cooking Light reported it was from broken equipment at that plant. The Company did change out their plastic to blue to distinguish it from the white plastic that apparently was not uncommonly found in raw materials.
    By doing so they would know for sure where to focus their efforts if additional plastic was found and be able to confidently go back to the supplier and say it was from them.

    Yes they had roaches. The 99 instances of pest activity were over 7 plus months not 72 days and in most cases were for a single roach. The company had employees self report if they saw any pest activity. Frankly, I think it was a wise guy employee that wrote “millions of roaches” The most the pest control company reported finding was a one time report of 250. The company had ongoing pest control and when the problem wasn’t eradicated hired an entomologist. So yes roaches were found and the company was addressing it.

    I’d encourage anyone to read the original report and make their decisions based on the original report. https://truthaboutpetfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/MarsEIR2017.pdf

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    Molly B

    The roaches aren’t my biggest concern. The deadly rare bacteria in the food which is from sick animals they put in the food (not from “slaughter” they say), mold, and carcinogenic chemicals they use in excess have on their foods is my concern. They don’t care about their employees, let alone your pets! The worst part is they cover it up. They’re all about the profit.

    See this:

    And this:

    Mars corporation is ultimately responsible for managing their pet food brands.

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