Australian animal health pharmaceutical company Virbac has voluntarily pulled its VeggieDent Chews off the shelves after they were possibly linked to several cases of mysterious illnesses in dogs.
A Virbac spokesperson said that the products in question were pulled as a precautionary measure and no causal link has been established for the VeggieDent product line, which is only commercially available through veterinarians.
This is the third petfood contamination case in Australia in
the past six months. In light of the situation, critics of
Australia's regulatory system overseeing petfood safety are
calling for stronger measures to ensure the safety of
Australia's dogs and cats.
By Lindsay Beaton
Pet food safety is top-of-mind all along the production line, and everything from the ingredients to the equipment must offer solutions.
By Debbie Phillips-Donaldson
Many hours, efforts, dollars and brainpower go into pet food companies’ and regulatory bodies’ efforts to ensure that products on the market are safe and healthy for pets.