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Safe pet food
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tell the Minister you expect better, safer pet food standards

 

   

Can you tell Agriculture Minister David Littleproud that you want to see fast reforms to make our pet food safer?

Minister
David
Littleproud MP
Australian Government

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Our pets deserve safe food 

Exciting news on safer pet food. Thanks to massive public pressure from people like you, a Senate inquiry has made major recommendations to fix the dodgy pet food industry so that we can better trust the food we buy for our cats and dogs.  

The Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has convened a working group to figure out the next steps for making these changes.

Now, we need to make sure this new working group is held accountable, and that the Minister knows thousands of us expect safer pet food – and soon.  

Can you urge the Minister to make these recommended reforms law, and tell him you'll be keeping a close eye on what happens next?

How new rules could protect our pets

If the Senate inquiry recommendations are implemented, here’s what new rules could mean for you and your pets:  

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Higher standards

A mandatory standard for pet food so that you can trust the safety and quality of the food you buy.

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Faster recalls

Faster, better publicised recalls to ensure unsafe or incorrectly labelled food is removed from store shelves and our homes quickly.

Independent regulator

An independent regulator to take complaints about pet food directly from pet owners like you.  

Why this campaign matters

Bailey, an otherwise healthy, six-year-old Labrador, was put down in February 2018 due to megaesophagus after eating suspected dodgy dog food.

FAQs

Currently, there are no laws governing pet food safety in Australia, only voluntary standards.

There has been a number of cases of consumption of pet food being linked to serious injury or death of Australian pets.

In March 2018, dog food product Advance Dermocare was recalled when it was linked with the condition megaesophagus. Over 100 dogs who consumed Advanced Dermocare were affected with the life-long condition, and it has been linked to the death of at least 17 dogs.

While we don’t know the full extent of the problem, greater regulation and oversight will help reveal this. In the past seven years, there have been at least three voluntary recalls of pet food products. These include:

◦ Advance Dermocare dog food (March 2018)

◦ Weruva BFF cat food (May 2017)

◦ Whiskas dry cat food (September 2013)

Looking for more information? CHOICE's health expert has written an article on pet food regulation, which looks at the state of pet food in Australia and who you can turn to if you think something is wrong.

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