Poll: Time for an independent pet food regulator?

A senate inquiry into Australia’s pet food safety last year recommended changes to the way the
$4 billion industry operates, but today the sector remains self-regulated.

The inquiry followed an abundance of pet food recalls, the most notable relating to Advanced Dermocare, owned by food giant Mars, which was linked to dozens of dog deaths and more than 100 cases of megaesophagus.

With no law requiring pet food manufacturers to recall a product if it makes pets ill, it took three months for the product to be voluntarily pulled from shelves.

On Tuesday, the Herald Sun reported that two more Victoria Police dogs have had to be euthanised after eating the tainted dog food.

Today, we’re asking for your thoughts on this. Is it time for someone to step in and regulate the pet food industry? Or is it just par for the course that there will be issues with any food products from time to time?

Do you think Australia's pet food industry needs an independent regulator?

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