Safer food for our furry friends

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee has presented its report to Parliament on regulatory approaches to ensure the safety of pet food. 

Oct 26, 2018

It has recommended that:

  • a working group be organised to review pet food standards and labelling
  • the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission explore how to make pet food standards mandatory and set up a system for consumers to complain about pet food
  • the Australian Government work with state and territory governments to investigate any ongoing issues with pet food and develop an education campaign to let the public know where and how to complain.

During the inquiry, the committee heard from a number of witnesses about pet food safety incidents, including cases of megaesophagus in dogs. The committee also noted that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world.