March 2007 - A Canadian class action lawsuit was filed against pet food maker Royal Canin Canada Co. on behalf of dog and cat owners claiming that certain products contain excessive amounts of vitamin D and have caused their pets to become sick or die. The Canadian lawsuit sought compensation for people who bought Royal Canin dog or cat food since Aug. 1, 2004.
The suit against Royal Canin, filed in the Ontario Superior Court, alleges the pet food maker, a subsidiary of a French company , either knew or should have known the levels of vitamin D were unsafe and could cause the animals to develop high levels of calcium in their blood, renal failure and other conditions.
December 2016 - The lawsuit claims that prescription pet food overcharge consumers for a product that is not a drug and that prescription pet food is a “deceptive scheme”. Four months later, lawyers representing the pet food manufacturers; Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Mars Petcare (which includes Royal Canin), Nestle Purina had requested the court dismiss the case based on FDA’s enforcement discretion to permit the sale of these products.
These companies are claiming that the FDA allows them to be ‘deceptive’, allows them to sell a pet food as a drug when it is not a drug, and to overcharge consumers as they see fit. And they are right. The court ruled that all claims argued in this lawsuit were not proven.