About APOG

Australian Pet Owners Group (APOG) is an independent organisation focused on the betterment of Australian Pet Food Regulations and Standards.

Recall & issue log of pet food brands and pet products in Australia

Issues with pet food brands and pet products often go unreported in Australia. In terms sickness and adverse reactions in pets it can be hard to substantiate a causative link to a product on a case by case basis.

With no system or guidance in place, veterinary professionals in Australia rarely investigate the possibility of a pet food product being the cause of an illness.

The purpose of the APOG Recall & Issue Log is to track potential consumer issues with pet food brands and pet products.

If you suspect an issue with your pet related to a pet food brand or pet product in Australia, please use the Recall & Issue Log to help us correlate issues for the benefit of consumers, manufacturers, and retailers.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous when logging an issue with a pet food brand or product, please use the “guest comment” feature. We will never disclose the identity or email address of a person.

About the Australian pet food industry

The pet food industry of Australia enjoys the leniency of self-regulation, which offers the consumers of pet foods and pet products little reassurance these products are safe.

The last 10 years has shown many occurrences of pet food contamination of plastics (such as plastic head tags), metal, and glass, affecting many brands.

We have seen many occurrences of toxicity in pet food, elevated levels of sulphite preservatives and chemicals, and a potential risk from euthanised and baited animals being used in meat and meat by-product ingredients.

The Australian Standard for Pet Food Manufacture AS-5812 (2017) offers manufacturers a great deal of ambiguity when marketing and labelling pet food products.

In Australia we have many pet food products imported and irradiated from countries with a history of ambiguity, risk, or toxicity, with the only labelling requirement of these products to state “Must not be fed to cats”, in small print.

Sponsorship, funding, and influence of corporate pet food manufacturers on University Veterinary studies restricts our veterinarians from learning unbiased animal nutrition.

Pet food manufacturers have influence over veterinary studies, historically providing coursework, paraphernalia, and lecturers employed by them rather than the university. This remains a conflict of interest.

Veterinary professionals are not trained to consider diet-related conditions to be caused by diet, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or even allergies or intolerances.

Australia has a reporting system in place from the Australian Veterinary Association known as PetFAST, which receives little use and only available to some veterinary practices.

It is uncommon for a veterinary professional to use the PetFAST system as any pet illness may be multifactorial.

Latest reports

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  2. I have a 12 box of Fussy Cat twice as tasty. All going well until I opened the tuna in…

  3. Anon on ALDI

    Twitching after consumption and loss of appetite.

  4. Zoe on ALDI

    Natural Elements ‘chicken with vegetables and rice’ 700g can had a piece of soft blue plastic in it.

  5. I’ve eased my 3 cats into this product for about two weeks, my cats have progressively stopped eating and actually…

  6. I have a 5 month old puppy who I was making home made chicken and veggies for and he had…

  7. Im concerned about this brand. I started feeding my healthy 8 year old cat leaps and bounds wet cat food,…

  8. runny stools and vomiting, continuous need to defecate overnight and in morning. Now very subdued and sleeping, no urge to…

  9. Hi Recently bought Ivory Coat varieties. Our dogs have been feeling ill. Vomitting, diarrhoea, fatigue, dehydration, cramping. Since realising we…

  10. Hi Chris, on a personal note I wouldn’t consider garlic an issue when used in the moderation you find it…