pulls dog food after poison reports
Source of Article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/12/09/2441919.htm
KraMar says the withdrawal is a
The importer of a Chinese-made chicken dog treat has today
voluntarily recalled the product, after reports of kidney damaging illnesses
in dogs around Australia.
The company KraMar has withdrawn Supa Naturals Chicken breast strips, which it says is one
highest selling dog snacks.
A statement issued by KraMar says the withdrawal
is a precaution.
It says testing has been conducted on every shipment for bacteria and for
the poison melamine, which has been connected with cases of kidney
malfunction in pets overseas.
KraMar's chief executive Brian Fouche say a link has not been scientifically
"It is a mystery to us, but in the interests of animal welfare we
have decided to take this decision," he said.
KraMar says it is considering moving the
manufacture of the chicken strip to Australia.
The Australian Veterinary Association earlier warned dog owners to
immediately contact vets if their dogs show symptoms of kidney problems.
Association president Mark Lawrie says dogs may
be drinking and urinating a lot, be unusually lethargic or vomiting.
"We certainly think that there's some
indicators perhaps that there may be some linkages with some
dog-treats," he said.
The symptoms are similar to those seen after poisoning with the toxic
There was a mass recall of melamine-contaminated pet food containing
Chinese ingredients in the US
and Europe last year.
Mr Lawrie says the
extent of the problem is not yet clear.
"There's been some reports of a thing called
Fanconi syndrome, which is where there's glucose in
the urine. But the blood levels are normal, indicating that there's some
renal tubular damage or some damage to the kidneys," he said.
"There are some reports out there, but it's hard to quantify at this
Research shows link
Researchers from the University
of Sydney earlier
connected a kidney damaging syndrome in dogs to the chicken snacks.
Dr Linda Fleaman says there are a lot of cases
of the normally rare acquired Fanconi syndrome.
"The one thing that is common with all of the cases, is that the dogs
have among other things, eaten a certain chicken treat that has been sourced
"Although we have no idea what the cause of this problem is, we are concerned there's a link between the feeding of
the treat and the emergence of this clinical syndrome."