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NZPMA expresses concern over Wellington Zoo deaths

Media statement

13 November 2001

NZPMA expresses concern over Wellington Zoo deaths

The New Zealand Petfood Manufacturers’ Association (NZPFMA) has expressed concern at the recent deaths of a lioness and tiger at Wellington Zoo.

Spokesperson Jeff Herkt said members were distressed and concerned about the deaths thought to be from contaminated meat supplied by Christchurch petfood factory Dog’s Delight Limited.

Mr Herkt said the NZPFMA supported the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) investigation into the incident.

“The NZPFMA has suspended Dog’s Delight Limited’s membership, pending the outcome of the MAF investigation.”

Mr Herkt said the NZPFMA has been working closely with MAF on the regulations for the manufacture of pet food for some time.

“Earlier this year we initiated the development of a set of rules and procedures to ensure meat sourced for fresh pet-food products is safe and fit for its purpose. We are continuing to develop this programme, in association with MAF and Assure New Zealand.”


Note for editors: The New Zealand Petfood Manufacturers’ Association is a voluntary organisation for pet food manufacturers.

For more information please contact: Jeff Herkt, NZPFMA, 021 973 829

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