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Author Topic: Australians (mainly) and anyone else - new draft standard for pet food  (Read 10489 times)
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The Cats Mother
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« on: October 13, 2010, 04:52:44 AM »

The PFIAA in conjunction with RSPCA, veterinary association et al have produced a draft standard for pet food open for public comment until November 23rd. It can be downloaded from here (about 1/3 way down page 3) as a pdf after registration at this site:

http://infostore.saiglobal.com/store/Details.aspx?ProductID=1431982

The RSPCA have some guidelines for comment and are asking for public support for their position - however many may have other views they wish to express. Here is a link to the RSPCA information and guidelines page:

http://www.rspca.org.au/what-we-do/science-and-policies/call-for-public-comment.html


This is our opportunity to make a difference and get the petfood our pets deserve!

Meanwhile until we do some of us may prefer to continue making our own  Roll Eyes Wink
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The Cats Mother
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2010, 04:54:46 AM »

By the way I meant to add, please feel free to cross post. My contact at the RSPCA encouraged me to refer others to their website/guidelines and contact them for further clarification/information.

Thanks
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2011, 01:20:58 AM »

For those who have not seen the update on the Orijen recall thread, I am happy to report that 183 submissions were received in response to the call for public comment on the Draft Australian Standard for the manufacture and marketing of petfood. A whopping 30-40% was estimated to be from the public - consumers - you 'n' me!  Wink The remainder were from industry. And presumably some from the vets in there somewhere. They want to move forward quickly on this and I was told they are hoping to have it finalised and in place by sometime in February. An independent auditor will be set up to ensure compliance. Waiting to hear who that will be.

A government committee is separately meeting to look at the issue of pet food safety and recalls. This is a separate matter from the Australian Standard. They are focussing on the recall issue and there will be a central reporting venue set up for vets (and anyone) to report any side effects that appear to be diet related so that correlation can be more quickly made and swifter action taken to recall without fear of threats of legal action. This quite possibly will be overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Great news all round I think.

Thanks to anyone reading this that participated in the public comment procedure.
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2011, 06:20:16 AM »

Very good news.  Happy to hear that you folks are having an effect Grin.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2011, 06:52:20 AM »

That is wonderful news ! Especially how quickly they are moving on this. Great work, you have really made a difference !
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 04:18:20 AM »

Thank you for your interest and kind support 5CatMom and Lesliek.

Even better news now, I have heard sort of off record (not from Quarantine but reliable source on a committee) that Quarantine are actually discouraging importers using irradiation as a quarantine measure to treat their food prior to import if such a measure is required. They are encouraging further moist heat treatment with irradiation as a last option only. I and presumably others have banged on so much about the cats having access to a dog food bowl containing irradiated food and what it can do to the cat,some of the Orijen cats had only eaten the dog's food etc etc that I think at last they have sat up and taken note. I think they are also concerned (though they would never admit it) that should another cat go down with this syndrome as a result of having access to irradiated food or, should dogs longer term start showing adverse effects, they would really be in deep sh!te after all our warnings. Just my thoughts/hopes/suspicions anyway, I've threatened them enough with what could happen should such a thing occur.

However the bad news is they won't label any irradiated dog kibble with an explanation of what it could do to cats, it'll just say "Irradiated" and "Do not feed to cats". Not good enough.

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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011, 08:08:40 AM »

Agree that is not good enough. Writing on a bag has no effect on an animal that #1 can't read #2 is hungry and wants some o' that food that their doggy buddy is having #3 a lil radiation never hurt nobody, nah, not a bit. Would not want any dog to suffer consequences down the road from consuming this as where are studies of long term cumulative effects....

So glad you kept on them and they are at least thinking about what could happen should this occur in dogs too.
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2011, 12:08:00 AM »

Yup, thanks JJ  Smiley
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