The AVMA and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have issued a warning about a possible link between consumption of chicken jerky treats made in China and the incidence of kidney problems in dogs. A pattern started to develop in July when dogs in Canada presented with kidney problems resembling Fanconi syndome.
This syndrome is hereditary in some breeds of dogs such as Basenjis resulting in abnormal levels of sodium, glucose, calcium, phosphate and amino acids. It can be fatal. The symptoms of the disorder also present when toxins have been ingested.
This is yet another example of needing good supply chain management and ensuring you are buying foods with quality ingredients. China is a country with a checkered reputation of managing supply chains and quality of ingredients.
In 2007, melamine was found to contaminate a wide range of pet foods resulting in major recalls and many deaths. In 2008, the melamine contamination problem escalated to humans when the poison was found in milk powder fed to infants. Many Chinese babies were affected and some died.