Pet Food Safety Inquiry

Submissions are open for the Senate pet food inquiry. We need the voices of ordinary consumers and average Australian pet owners. If you’re like me, your submission will simply be to ask that pet foods are regulated in the same way as human foods. Surely not much to ask!

Speak up for Australian pet food safety. To see why this is vitally important, visit our pages on Pet Product Safety Problems and The Advance Dermocare Disaster.

Please do it tonight! Submissions close 20 July 2018. If our government doesn’t get our message loud and clear, another chance may not come for a long time. Even worse, without us, they may take the message from somewhere else…

Inquiry into regulatory approaches to ensure the safety of pet food

On 20 June 2018, the Senate referred the following matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (the committee) for inquiry and report by 30 August 2018:

Possible regulatory approaches to ensure the safety of pet food, including both the domestic manufacture and importation of pet food, with particular reference to:

  • a.    the uptake, compliance and efficacy of the Australian Standard for the Manufacturing & Marketing of Pet Food (AS5812:2017);
  • b.    the labelling and nutritional requirements for domestically manufactured pet food;
  • c.    the management, efficacy and promotion of the AVA-PFIAA administered PetFAST tracking system;
  • d.    the feasibility of an independent body to regulate pet food standards, or an extension of Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s remit;
  • e.    the voluntary and/or mandatory recall framework of pet food products;
  • f.    the interaction of state, territory and federal legislation;
  • g.    comparisons with international approaches to the regulation of pet food; and
  • h.    any other related matters.

The committee invites you to make a submission addressing all or some of the terms of reference for this inquiry by 20 July 2018. Should you require an extension, please get in touch with the committee secretariat as soon as possible. Late submissions are not generally accepted unless an extension has been granted.

The committee encourages the lodgement of submissions in electronic form. Submissions can be lodged via the Online Submission System, can be sent by email, or by post to:

Committee Secretary
Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

All submissions to the inquiry become committee documents upon receipt and are made public only after a decision by the committee. You should not release your submission to anyone until the committee advises you that it has been accepted and published. This is because although submissions are protected by parliamentary privilege once they are accepted by the committee, their unauthorised release before this is not.

Generally, once a submission is accepted by the committee, it is published under the submitter’s name on the committee inquiry webpage. Publication of your submission includes it being loaded onto the internet (with your signature and/or contact details removed).

While the committee normally makes submissions public, it can consider a request to receive evidence – such as a submission or an attachment to a submission – as a confidential document. Confidential evidence is only provided to members of the committee and the name of the submitter is not made public.

If you would like the committee to consider receiving your evidence as confidential, please provide a covering letter to your submission that outlines the reasons for your request. The committee will sympathetically consider requests for confidentiality, but cannot make promises in advance. Contact the committee secretariat if you require further advice on confidential evidence.

Details about the inquiry, including the terms of reference, can be found on the committee webpage. Further information about making a submission is available on the parliamentary website.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee secretariat on 02 6277 3511.

The committee looks forward to receiving your views on this important issue.

Have something to add? Comments are welcome below and will appear within 24 hours of lodging.

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