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Dear Minister Littleproud,
Pets are getting sick and dying because of poor quality pet food in Australia. We need your help to fix a broken system.
CHOICE has reported on multiple cases where pet food has made family cats and dogs sick or, in tragic cases, led to death. Recently in Victoria at least 23 pet dogs died and many more became ill due to unsafe pet food causing liver failure.
A Senate inquiry made major recommendations in 2018 to fix pet food regulation so we can trust the food we buy for our cats and dogs. Years later, Australians are still waiting to see these recommendations implemented.
Currently, there are no laws governing pet food safety in Australia, only voluntary standards. There is no centralised and accessible way for the public to be informed about pet food recalls. And, most importantly, there is no regulator or government body with responsibility for overseeing rules about pet food and stepping in when industry fails to meet basic standards.
Ensuring that pet food is safe for consumption by animals should not be voluntary.
As Minister for Agriculture you have the power to fix this problem, helping industry and consumers in the process.
We are calling on you to introduce laws to create a mandatory industry standard for pet food. We know this task is complicated but other countries have stepped up to deal with this challenge. Japan has passed a specific law governing pet food safety standards, with the Ministry of Agriculture setting standards, checking quality and issuing fines where they find problems. In New Zealand the Ministry for Primary Industries oversees pet food standards and can act when there is an issue. There are a number of other international examples that show that Australia can do better on pet food safety.
Please help us keep our pets safe by introducing new laws to create a mandatory standard for pet food safety.