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1,500 Chinese dogs die from tainted feed

October 21, 2008

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— Some 1,500 dogs bred for their raccoon-like fur have died after eating feed tainted with melamine, a veterinarian said Monday, 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.

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