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    Natanyamarie
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    Hi there everyone
    I’m hoping to get some advice on how to go about starting my own pet treat business? From others who have set one up , just unsure on requirements in Australia regarding food licencing,legalities, labelling and whether you can make them at home. Im beginning this as a little side business as I’m at home with my children. Would be very appreciative of some pointers please. Been doing some researching and looking at other business models and confused as some seem different to others. Can anybody please help ?

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    Dave Gillen – Former FS Concierge
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    Hi [USER=119684]@Natanyamarie[/USER],

    Thanks for joining us on the forums and hopefully someone can steer you in the right direction. While you are waiting, you could try searching this forum for past conversations about making food products at home or labelling.

    Best of luck!
    Dave

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    MattH753
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    Having worked in Associations for a large chunk of my working life I always start by looking to see if there is a representative body. Just found this
    https://pfiaa.com.au/pet-food-business/

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    Paul – FS Concierge
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    Just one more thing to look at.

    Distribution to independent pet shops is key if you are going to use that model.

    So it is worth the research.

    If you let us know what your general idea you have, around how much capital you have and your initial ideas around production, marketing etc, we will be better equipped to provide useful advice.

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    Natanyamarie
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    MattH753, post: 271415, member: 117658 wrote:
    Having worked in Associations for a large chunk of my working life I always start by looking to see if there is a representative body. Just found this
    https://pfiaa.com.au/pet-food-business/
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    Natanyamarie
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    Thankyou very much, I will have a read and do some more research!

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    Natanyamarie
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    Paul – FS Concierge, post: 271420, member: 78928 wrote:
    Just one more thing to look at.

    Distribution to independent pet shops is key if you are going to use that model.

    So it is worth the research.

    If you let us know what your general idea you have, around how much capital you have and your initial ideas around production, marketing etc, we will be better equipped to provide useful advice.

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    Natanyamarie
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    Thankyou i will do that.

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    kat112
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    Natanyamarie, post: 271411, member: 119684 wrote:
    Hi there everyone
    I’m hoping to get some advice on how to go about starting my own pet treat business? From others who have set one up , just unsure on requirements in Australia regarding food licencing,legalities, labelling and whether you can make them at home. Im beginning this as a little side business as I’m at home with my children. Would be very appreciative of some pointers please. Been doing some researching and looking at other business models and confused as some seem different to others. Can anybody please help ?

    How are you going with it all? I just joined and searched ‘ pet food’ and your thread came up. i am going to start selling dog treats soon moving along from our raw pet meat we sell in our little country town . Just starting to looking into dehydrating foods and packaging

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    Cec Busby
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    Hey there
    here’s some info I gleaned from Agriculturegov.au site

    Domestic pet food regulation
    For regulation purposes, pet food may be separated into:
    – pet meat , either fresh or frozen. It includes pet meat that is packaged for retail sale
    – manufactured or processed pet food
    Following a review of all relevant Acts in each state and territory, the following key findings are outlined
    1. Pet Meat Safety
    The Primary Industries Standing Committee Technical Report 88 – Amended 2009 Standard for the Hygienic Production of Pet Meat (previously Australian Standard 4841:2006) was developed in 2006 to establish minimum hygiene requirements in the processing of all animals used in the production of pet meat. However, it is not translated legislatively in all the states. Furthermore, current legislations present within each state and territory pertain only to fresh pet meat and pet meat products.
    Most state and territories do prohibit the processing of pet meat from carcasses sourced from unhealthy animals.
    2. Manufactured or Processed Pet Food Safety
    There is no legislation concerning manufactured pet food in any of the states or territories.
    The Pet Food Industry Association of Australia Inc. (PFIAA) has traditionally managed its Code of Practice for the Manufacturing & Marketing of Pet Food as a guide for pet food manufacturers. The Code has been superseded by a new Australian Standard for the Manufacturing and Marketing of Pet Food, AS 5812-2011. This is currently voluntary for PFIAA members, but compliance is strongly encouraged. Approximately 97-98 per cent of Australian manufacturers of prepared pet food (by volume) are members of PFIAA. PFIAA provides an accreditation system for its members who demonstrate compliance to AS5812 by means of third party independent audits. Compliant members will be entitled to declare their certification and to be listed on the association website (from mid 2012).
    3. Labelling
    Banding of raw pet meat not fit for human consumption is required at all states and territories.
    Pet food, including pet meat and pet meat product labelling requirements are regulated in some jurisdictions, but apart from Queensland, there is no provision on requiring manufacturers to state actual ingredients or methods of processing (refer to table below).
    The Australian Standard for the Manufacturing and Marketing of Pet Food (AS 5812:2011) provides detailed guidelines for product labelling.

    There’s is also a bunch of stuff regarding food safety etc -but this varies state by state.
    There was also a government inquiry on pet food safety a couple of years back – you can find out more about thathttps://www.awe.gov.au/agriculture-land/animal/health/pet-food-safety“> here

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    Ben
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    Rather, you need to analyze this area initially, whether it is a frequent one in your area of residence or where you want to start at all. From the neighborhood to the city. You need to calculate how much you can pull this business, and what nuances you need to know.

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