PFIAA is proud to have supported the publication of a new updated report on Australian Pet Ownership by Animal Medicines Australia.
A copy of the report can be downloaded on the Animals Medicines Australia website at http://animalmedicinesaustralia.org.au...
Safety, Labelling and Regulation of Pet Food
Australian cats and dogs can sleep easy, knowing that pet foods
made by members of the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia
(PFIAA), representing over 98% of prepared pet foods sold in Australia,
are produced to some of the highest standards in the world.
Australian dogs and cats consume over 40 million meals a week and most of
these are produced by highly capable and reputable pet food manufacturers
who are members of the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA)
making over 98% of the processed pet foods sold in Australia.
The confidence that Australian pet owners have in prepared pet foods is
well placed as the quality and safety of prepared pet foods made and
marketed by PFIAA members is world-class, which is borne out by the success
that these manufacturers have achieved in exporting pet foods throughout
Asia and beyond. This is largely due to the selection of raw material and
ingredients, manufacturing capabilities and quality systems of member
companies, who for many years have committed to and observed the guidelines
for pet food manufacture and marketing detailed in the PFIAA code of
Pet health is of critical importance and our members understand the
importance of your pet's health and the trust that you place in them as pet
food manufacturers to produce high quality, nutritious, tasty and safe pet
foods. That is why the pet food industry has been working with key
government and private sector organisations to develop a new, enhanced
standard for pet food manufacturing and marketing in Australia, the
Australian Standard (AS 5812): Manufacturing and marketing of pet food.
The PFIAA code of practice has served Australian pet owners well over many
years; however, our member companies recognise that the commitment to
continuous improvement demands even more rigorous standards for quality and
pet health. Therefore, the Australian pet food industry has been working
proactively and cooperatively with representatives from state and federal
government, Standards Australia Ltd, the Australian Veterinary Association
(AVA) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(RSPCA) to develop and implement a new Australian Standard, revising and
upgrading many aspects of the original code of practice.
This Australian Standard (AS 5812) was approved in 2011 and extends across
the entire process of pet food production and labeling requirements
applicable to the making and marketing of pet foods in Australia to help
assure production and sale of safe and nutritious pet foods to Australian
pet owners, including:
Providing fresh & safe ingredients
Formulating foods for your pet's needs
Food safety -focused manufacturing systems
Controlled and well documented processing
Providing consistent and informative packaging
Nutrition information labeling requirements
Independently audited for compliance
The Standard applies to both Australian made and imported manufactured pet
food products. To comply with AS5812 companies are required to undergo
rigorous assessments, conducted by independent qualified auditors who
inspect premises and assess conformance with processes and labeling as
specified in the Standard.
The Standard is an agreed, consistent and transparent approach to the
industry's operations that provides additional reassurance and confidence
in Australia's large and internationally competitive pet food industry.
The PFIAA has been working directly with the Australian Veterinary
Association (AVA) to implement an additional joint initiative entitled:
"Pet Food Adverse Event System of Tracking" (PetFAST,) an Australian
veterinary reporting system to track any suspected pet illness that might
be associated with pet food or pet meat sold in Australia. This world-first
initiative is another example of the commitment of the Australian pet food
industry to product quality and pet safety (see
Pet food companies, like other businesses, are also required to observe the
comprehensive Australian consumer legislation requirements, weights and
measures compliance, Australian quarantine legislation and controls and any
state or territory legislation applicable to specific pet food
manufacturing operations. Additionally, pet foods that include therapeutic
claims for preventing or alleviating veterinary medical conditions are
required to be registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary
Medicines Authority (APVMA
The Australian pet food industry is a vibrant and successful part of
Australian food manufacturing, providing world-class foods for pets across
the nation and overseas. The industry continues to be responsive to the
changing needs of our pets and their owners and recognises the trust that
people place when choosing foods for their much loved pets.
Copies of AS 5812 for the manufacturing and marketing of pet food are
available for purchase from SAI Global:
Over 98% of the prepared pet foods sold in Australia are made by
members of the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA
PFIAA members make pet foods to some of the highest standards in the
The Australian standard AS 5812 was developed in 2011 and includes
comprehensive requirements for the manufacture and marketing of
prepared pet foods.
Australian pets enjoy more than 40 million meals a week and they can
relax in the knowledge that Australian pet owners have access to some
of the finest and safest pet foods in the world.
This article is for general information only:
This information is provided by the PFIAA as general information only. For
advice and information concerning feeding your individual pet, we recommend
that you seek the advice of your veterinarian.