PrimeSafe Media Statement - Dog Liver Disease Cluster

16 July 2021

PrimeSafe recognises the distressing situation for the owners of dogs impacted by the liver disease cluster in Gippsland.

The investigation into the cause of the cluster is very complex. Testing continues at specialist laboratories across Australia, but a cause has not been identified.

There are numerous lines of enquiry underway, with collaboration between PrimeSafe, Agriculture Victoria, pet food processors, key distributors, veterinarians, and the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia.

PrimeSafe enforces compliance with the Meat Industry Act and the Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production of Pet Meat, which involves strong controls to prevent pet meat entering the human food supply. PrimeSafe continues to investigate compliance with the Meat Industry Act and the mandated pet meat standard related to the cluster.

PrimeSafe does not have the power to issue a mandatory recall of pet food. However, pet meat processors and pet food distributors have put in place voluntary product withdrawals and recalls.

If you have concerns about fresh or frozen pet meat, please contact your pet meat retailer. If you have concerns about your pets' health, especially after it has recently eaten fresh or frozen pet meat, you should contact your local veterinarian. Agriculture Victoria has provided further information about the dog liver disease cluster that is available here.

If you have information about the illegal processing or sale of pet meat please provide the information to PrimeSafe at Information and Support further Assistance.