7.4 The committee recommends that the Australian
Standard for the Manufacturing and Marketing of Pet Food (AS5812:2017) be made
publically available on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources'
website for download and distribution.
7.9 The committee recommends that, as part of its
review into the safety and regulation of pet food, the working group focus on
mechanisms to mandate pet food standards and labelling requirements in
Australia. In particular, it should give serious consideration to amending the Food
Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to expand the responsibilities of
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to include pet food standards and
7.10 The committee further recommends that the working
group draft a national pet food manufacturing and safety policy framework for
the consideration and endorsement of an appropriate forum such as the Australia
and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.
7.11 To inform its deliberations, the committee
recommends that the working group take into account the evidence provided to
7.16 The committee recommends that the independent review
working group identify specific measures to improve the efficacy of the
Australian Standard for the Manufacturing and Marketing of Pet Food
(AS5812:2017). These measures should include specific requirements with regard
to feeding trials and other testing prior to pet food sale as well as mandatory
labelling standards that detail all ingredients including preservatives,
additives, and which disclose heat, irradiation or other treatments to the
7.24 The committee recommends that the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission review the process by which the Australian
Standard for the Manufacturing and Marketing of Pet Food (AS5812:2017) could
become a mandatory standard under Australian Consumer Law and make public its
review findings and any recommendations.
7.29 The committee recommends that the Australian
Veterinary Association, in cooperation with the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission explore measures to improve data capture in the PetFAST
7.34 The committee recommends that the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission establish a system for consumer reporting
on its Product Safety Australia website, to enable members of the public to
lodge complaints and concerns associated with pet food.
7.37 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government work with the states and territories to establish a mechanism to
investigate adverse pet food events and develop a complementary education
campaign to raise awareness of the adverse pet food reporting, investigation
and recall regime.
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