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Contaminated Pet Food Kills 1,300 Stray Dogs across Taiwan
    2009-01-06 14:41:20     CRIENGLISH.com

Contaminated pet food kills 1,300 stray dogs across Taiwan
A dog food has killed more than 1,300 stray dogs in Taiwan that were being looked after at shelters.
Modly dog food was contaminated with aflatoxin, a chemical produced by fungus, which caused liver damage in the dogs.
On December 22, the local agricultural authority received a report saying more than 300 dogs had died at two shelters in Taipei County.
Staff at the shelters said the dogs were extremely weak, jaundice, and had blood in their urine, all typical symptoms of liver damage.
According to local media, another 1,000 dogs, with the same symptoms, have reportedly died in other counties.
The agricultural department did not give any details on when any of the dogs died or how many others might be affected by the tainted food.
The dead dogs were fed with food produced by Ji-Tai Forage Company. The brand name was 'Peter's Kind-Hearted Dog Food'.
The local authorities say the food only went to pet shelters on the island. It was never exported or sold by retailers.

Village fire destroys 92 houses in SW China
One fifth of a village in southwest China's Guizhou Province was destroyed in a fire Monday afternoon.
The fire broke out at approximately 4pm in a Dong minority village in Congjiang County. In all, 92 houses burnt down. It took fire fighters an hour to extinguish the blaze.
No casualties or injuries have been reported so far.
Authorities are still investigating the cause, but some villagers attribute the fire to someone burning charcoal for warmth. A spark could have ignited the wooden houses where most of the residents were living.
Officials say food and tents have been sent to the village.

China begins month-long crackdown on web pornography
The Chinese government has unveiled a blacklist of 19 websites that provide and spread pornographic or obscene content. The list, revealed on Monday, includes search engines Google, Baidu and major portals such as Sina, Sohu and Netease.
The release of the list marks a month-long campaign launched by the Information Office of the State Council, Ministry of Public Security and other government departments to clean up the online environment.
The sites are accused of either providing links to pornographic websites or sites containing pornographic images, and failing to remove them after being notified by the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center.
China has the world's largest population of Internet users with more than 253 million online citizens or netizens.

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