Racoon dogs die from melamine in China
Some 1,500 dogs in northeast China have died after eating animal feed tainted
with the same chemical that contaminated dairy products and sickened tens of
thousands of babies nationwide, a veterinarian said on Monday.
The raccoon dogs — a breed native to east Asia that is raised for its fur —
were fed a product that contained the chemical melamine and developed kidney
stones, said Zhang Wenkui, a veterinary professor at Shenyang Agriculture
University. All of the dogs died on farms in just one village. "First, we found
melamine in the dogs' feed, and second, I found that 25 percent of the stones in
the dogs' kidneys were made up of melamine," Zhang told The Associated Press.
Zhang did not give the company's name but the newspaper report said the
feed was produced by Harbin Hualong Feed Co. The company refused to comment,
saying officials were unavailable because they were in a meeting.
Melamine has been found in a wide range of Chinese-made
dairy products and foods with milk ingredients over the past few months. The
government is still trying to win back consumer confidence after those tainted
products turned up on store shelves around the world.
Pet food, baby contamination linked
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