The Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA) initially started as the
Pet Food Manufacturers Association of Australia in the late 1960s. At that
stage manufacturers had to contend with numerous regulations between various
Government Departments within Australia. Products had to be registered in each
State with differing labeling laws. The Association was formed to develop a
single voice for the industry with a common goal of standardising protocols and
procedures and to ensure members met the respective Government regulations
covering pet food.
Numerous position statements were developed that all Industry agreed with.
For example the banning of whale meat as a pet food ingredient was one such
A Code of Practice evolved through discussion with the membership in the
1970s and was first published in the early 1980s. This covered both the
Statement of Purpose for the Association and specific requirements for
labeling, including product namers, raw materials and State Regulations
amongst other issues.
In the late 1980s, importers and associate members were also included to
cover the industry more fully. Subsequently, the Association modified its
name to reflect the change of the Industry body.
The PFIAA membership meets regularly as an Industry and continues to work
closely with Government Departments on issues including plant regulation,
industry liaison, quarantine and import/export issues.