Pet Food Safety

​​​A Pet Food Controls Working Group was established at the request of the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (now known as the Standing Council on Primary Industries – SCoPI) in May 2009 following several pet food safety incidents. The Working Group was tasked with examining the need for additional mechanisms to manage the safety of imported and domestically produced pet meat and pet food.

The Working Group included in its membership:

  • The Australian Government Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (Chair)
  • The Australian Veterinary Association
  • RSPCA Australia
  • The Pet Food Industry Association of Australia
  • New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
  • Victorian Department of Primary Industries
  • Safe Food Production Queensland

The term of the Working Group was extended to allow it to consider a new Australian Standard 5812:2011 ‘Manufacturing and Marketing of Pet Food’ which was first published in March 2011. Australian Standard 5812:2011 is available for purchase from SAI-Global who have exclusive licence over the distribution and sale of Australian Standards.

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Report of the Working Group


The Report of the Working Group was considered by SCoPI in May-June 2012. The respo​nse of SCoPI to the Report is expected to be made publically available on its website later in 2012 (reference SCoPI meeting 2, out-of-session paper 1).  

Part of the process undertaken by the Working Group included commissioning the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) to compile a research report 'Pet Food Safety in Australia: Economic Assessment of Policy Options'.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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