Some 1,500 dogs bred for their raccoon-like fur have died after eating feed tainted with melamine, raising questions about how widespread the industrial chemical is in China’s food chain. The revelation comes amid a crisis over dairy products tainted with melamine that has caused kidney stones in tens of thousands of Chinese children and has been linked to the deaths of four infants. The raccoon dogs ‘ a breed native to East Asia whose fur is used to trim coats and other clothing ‘ died of kidney failure after eating the tainted feed. A veterinary professor reported that melamine was found in the dogs’ feed. Also, it was reported that 25% of the stones in the dogs’ kidneys were made up of melamine. A necropsy ‘ an animal autopsy ‘ was performed on about a dozen dogs.
The animal deaths were a reminder of last year’s scandal over a Chinese-made pet food ingredient containing melamine that was linked to the deaths of dozens of dogs and cats in the United States. As you know, this resulted in a massive pet food recall. Raccoon dogs are not the only animals in China that have fallen victim to melamine-tainted products ‘ a lion cub and two baby orangutans developed kidney stones recently at a zoo near Shanghai. The three baby animals had been nursed for more than a year with milk powder made by the Sanlu Group Co., which is at the center of the tainted milk crisis. Melamine has been found in a wide range of Chinese-made dairy products over the past several months. The Chinese government is still trying to win back consumer confidence after tainted products turned up on store shelves around the world.
When ingested by humans, melamine ‘ which is used in plastics and fertilizers ‘ can cause kidney stones as the body tries to eliminate it, and in extreme cases can lead to kidney failure. Babies are particularly vulnerable. The company that produces the animal feed put pressure on the dogs’ breeders not to talk to the media. They also were trying to quietly settle by paying compensation to the breeders.
Source: Associated Press and ABC News
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