Regulatory approaches to ensure the safety of pet food

16 October 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-854-0

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Membership of the committee (PDF 20KB)
Abbreviations and acronyms (PDF 8KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 13KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 139KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Structure and scope of the report
Pet ownership in Australia
Pet food controls in Australia
Pet Food Controls Working Group 2009 – 2012
Development and review of the Australian Standard 2009 – 2017
Requirements under the Australian Standard
Recent developments

Chapter 2 - Pet food incidents (PDF 133KB)

Megaesophagus cases
Other adverse incidents relating to pet food
Impact of adverse events
Processed pet food

Chapter 3 - Pet food safety controls in Australia (PDF 133KB)

Self-regulatory model
State and territory legislation
Related laws
Other industries
International models of pet food regulation

Chapter 4 - Enhancing the safety and integrity of pet food in Australia (PDF 84KB)

Regulatory options

Chapter 5 (PDF 77KB)

Protections for consumers
Central information portal

Chapter 6 - Transparent adverse pet food reporting and investigation (PDF 85KB)

Reporting adverse events
Improving PetFAST
Direct consumer reporting mechanism

Chapter 7 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 36KB)

Publication and public oversight of the Australian Standard
Regulatory pathways
Improving the Australian Standard
Pet food product recall and reporting framework
Adverse event reporting
Consumer complaints and reporting mechanism
Investigation and education

Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 54KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 18KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511