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Author Topic: Pet Products from China "aren't toxic"?  (Read 1956 times)
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« on: January 06, 2010, 10:22:18 AM »

San Francisco Chronicle January 6, 2010

Q: "Many rescue organizations and veterinarians warn against purchasing pet food made in China, and I can understand why, given recent scares about quality control. But what about other products that a pet's mouth may come in contact with, such as toys and food bowls? Are there any health dangers or risks associated with these types of products? And is there anything I should look for before I buy?

A: "Melamine toxicity is a legitimate concern. However, it has not been implicated in any toxicity involving pet products like toys or food bowls. When melamine is used in the manufacturing of plastics, it is in an inert resin form and is not readily available to animals. Therefore, purchasing non-food products from China is not a major health concern to our pets. But it is always important to be aware of what we are feeding our pets, which includes knowledge of the food's ingredients and origins."

Chris Johnson, DVM, is an intern at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

Need to disagree with the doctor here--let's step back a little more than 2 years:

September 16, 2007

"Two Chinese-made toys for pets sold at Wal-Mart stores contain elevated levels of lead, chromium, and cadmium, according to a forensic toxicologist whose lab tested the products for"

These are two of the toys which were tested.  The green monster dog toy was disposed of here when this report came out.

This is a thread from this board from about 2 months after the ConsumerAffairs story was posted; more toys and some dishes and bowls were found to be toxic.  A member learned she had a dog bowl that was potentially toxic after viewing the Fox News story and I had to take away another toy.

While I agree that melamine toxicity probably doesn't come into play with most non-food items, there are plenty of other toxic materials to go around which have been used in the manufacturing of pet toys and other non-edible pet-related products.  Have also seen many rescue groups state on their websites that Chinese-made non-food pet items are not welcome as donations.
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010, 11:02:05 AM »

Unbelievable.  This DVM might want to look around here:
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010, 12:01:56 PM »

Thanks menusux and Spartycats for the info.

Chris Johnson, DVM, is an intern at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

San Francisco Veterinary Specialists
600 Alabama (at 18th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: (415) 401-9200
Fax: (415) 401-9201


I sent them an email, attn:Chris Johnson, DVM, regarding his article in the San Francisco Chronicle and politely disagreeing with his position. I suggested he review this site:

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2010, 07:44:12 PM »

Was just looking at and something very interesting happened.  While browsing dog toys, I came upon the identical toy I had to take away over 2 years ago:

Their catalog shows few to no dog latex or vinyl dog toys.

American importers that import from China

Vo-Toys, Inc. 400 S. 5th St. Harrison NJ 07029-2285 673-484-0088 800-272-0088 673-484-9569

Not long after the Consumer Affairs story came out, W-M no longer stocked these toys and they aren't anywhere in Vo-Toys' online catalog.
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