Open letter calls for Australians’ pets to be protected from dodgy food

Today Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has received an openletter signed by 22,338 Australians calling for safer pet food.

The letter follows calls from the pet food industry and animal welfare groupsfor the introduction of mandatory standards after reports of a recent spate ofanimal deaths and illnesses due to toxic pet food. CHOICE has beenhighlighting the lack of regulation and stories of affected pets and theirfamilies since 2018.

In July, Victoria’s Chief Veterinary Officer reported 45 instances of liverdisease in dogs caused by unsafe pet food, resulting in 10 deaths.

The three asks delivered by CHOICE to Minister Littleproud today are:

  1. A mandatory industry standard – All pet food should be required to meet an enforceable standard.

  2. A system for faster recalls – The ability to get dodgy pet food off the shelves and out of homes fast.

  3. An independent regulator – a Department or regulator should be given responsibility to regulate pet food.

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