APPI Testing Program Ensures Safe Product

By David Meeker, PhD, MBA
Senior Vice President, Scientific Services, National Renderers Association

The Animal Protein Producers Industry (APPI) is the rendering industry program responsible for the weekly Salmonella testing in North America. APPI also develops educational programs to control biological, chemical, and physical hazards, and will be considering other biosecurity program needs in the future. APPI became a committee within the National Renderers Association on January 1, 2006. The Salmonella testing program and the Rendering Industry Code of Practice are open to all renderers in the United States and Canada. 

APPI’s objectives are focused to assist member companies in manufacturing safe products. The Rendering Industry Code of Practice corresponds very closely to the initiatives taking place throughout the entire food chain and furthers the concept of safe feed – healthy livestock – safe food – healthy people. With continued intense scrutiny on all feed ingredients, the development of the Code of Practice by renderers shows great foresight.

The leading edge of the rendering industry is those renderers who participate in the Salmonella program and the participants in the Code of Practice, a list of which can be found at

APPI will continue to develop innovative programs to promote the safety of animal proteins and feed fats through testing, continuing education and training, and collaborative research. The following plants have made a significant commitment and will be the foundation for safe rendered feed products in the future.

The following rendering plants have completed the required testing for the 2008 Salmonella testing program.

AB Foods, LLC
Toppenish, WA
Alberta Processing Co.
Calgary, AB, Canada
Allied Premium Protein
Gaffney, SC
Ampro Products, Inc.
Concordia, MO
Cumming, GA
Gainesville, GA
Pickensville, AL
American Proteins, Inc.
Alma, GA
Hanceville, AL
Hanceville, AL (Pet Food Div.)
Cumming, GA
Cuthbert, GA
Baker Commodities, Inc.
Kerman, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Rochester, NY
Seattle, WA
Spokane, WA
Birmingham Hide and Tallow
Birmingham, AL
Boyer Valley Co.
Arion, IA
Harlan, IA
Cargill Meat Solutions
Beardstown, IL
Dodge City, KS 
Friona, TX 
Ft. Morgan, CO 
Highriver, AB, Canada
Ottumwa, IA
Plainview, TX
Wyalusing, PA
Carolina By-Products, Div. of Valley Proteins
Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville, NC (Pet Food Div.)
Gastonia, NC
Rose Hill, NC
Wadesboro, NC
Ward, SC
Central Industries, Inc.
Forest, MS
Custom Protein Corp. (formerly Southwest By-Products)
Springfield, MO
Darling International, Inc.
Bellvue, NE
Berlin, WI
Boise, ID
Blue Earth, MN 
Clinton, IA 
Coldwater, MI 
Collinsville, OK 
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Des Moines, IA
Fairfax, MO
Fresno, CA
Houston, TX
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, KS (blending)
Los Angeles, CA
Lynn Center, IL 
Mason City, IL 
National Stock Yards, IL 
Newark, NJ 
Omaha, NE
Omaha, NE (blending) 
San Francisco, CA 
Sioux City, IA 
Tacoma, WA
Turlock, CA
Wahoo, NE
Wichita, KS 
Farmers Union Industries, LLC (Central Bi-Products)
Redwood Falls, MN
Long Prairie, MN
Fieldale Farms Corp.
Cornelia, GA
Eastanollee, GA
Foster Farms
Livingston, CA
F.W. Renner and Son, Inc.
Canton, OH
G.A. Wintzer and Son Co.
Wapakoneta, OH
Gibbon Packing, Inc.
Gibbon, NE
Griffin Industries, Inc.
Bastrop, TX
Butler, KY
Ellenwood, GA
East Dublin, GA
Starke, FL
Jackson, MS
Newberry, IN
Russellville, KY
Tampa, FL
Union City, TN
H.J. Baker and Brothers, Inc.
Albertville, AL
Ft. Smith, AR
Nacogdoches, TX
Sanford, NC
Forest, MS
Hahn and Phillips Grease
Marshall, MO
Holmes By-Products
Millersburg, OH
Hormel Food Corp.
Austin, MN
Fremont, NE
JBS Swift and Company
Greeley, CO
Grand Island, NE
Hyrum, UT
Louisville, KY
Marshalltown, IA
JBS Swift and Company (formerly Smithfield Beef Group)
Elizabethville, PA (JBS MOPAC)
Seaford, DE (JBS MOPAC)
Green Bay, WI (JBS Packerland)
Tolleson, AZ
JCR Enterprises, Inc.
Linkwood, MD
Kaluzny Bros., Inc.
Joliet, IL
Keystone Protein Company
Fredericksburg, PA
Kruger Commodities
Hamilton, MI
Lewiston Fats and Proteins (Perdue Farms)
Lewiston, NC
Maple Lodge Farms
Norval, ON, Canada
Mason City By-Products
Mason City, IA
Mendota Agri-Products
Mendota, IL
Merrick Animal Nutrition, Inc.
Oxford, NE
Mid-South Milling Co., Inc.
Memphis, TN
Mountain View Rendering
Edinburg, VA
National Beef California
Brawley, CA
National Beef, LLC
Dodge City, KS
Liberal, KS  
Nebraska By-Products
Lexington, NE  
North Alabama Blend Mill (Tyson Foods)
Cullman, AL
Northern Alberta Processing
Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
Nutra-Flo Co.
Sioux City, IA
Nutri Feeds, Inc.
Hereford, TX
Nutrimax, Inc.
Greensboro, NC
Oklahoma By-Products
Durant, OK
Pacific Rendering Co., Inc.
Seattle, WA
Perdue Farms, Inc.
Accomac, VA
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.
Ball Ground, GA
El Dorado, AR
Farmerville, LA
Live Oak, FL
Moorefield, WV
Russellville, AR
Timberville, VA
Pine Bluff Blending Mill (Tyson Foods)
Pine Bluff, AR
Protein Products
Sunflower, MS
River Valley Animal Foods (Tyson Foods)
Clarksville, AR
Robards, KY
Scranton, AR
Sedalia, MO
Sequin, TX
Temperanceville, VA
Texarkana, AR
Dundas, ON, Canada
Moorefield, ON, Canada
Truro, NS, Canada
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
S.F. Rendering, Ltd.
Port Williams, NS, Canada
Sacramento Rendering
Sacramento, CA
Salinas Tallow Co.
Salinas, CA
Green Bay, WI
So. St. Paul, MN
Columbus, OH
Charney, QB, Canada
Montreal, QB, Canada
Saskatoon Processing Co.
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Simmons Foods, Inc.
Southwest City, MO
Smithfield Foods, Inc. (Farmland Foods)
Crete, NE
Denison, IA
Milan, MO
Monmouth, IL
Smithfield Foods, Inc. (John Morrell and Co.)
Sioux City, IA
Sioux Falls, SD
Smithfield Foods, Inc. (Smithfield Packing Co.)
Clinton, NC
Smithfield, VA
Tar Heel, NC 
Standard Fertilizer Co.
Greensburg, IN
Tallowmasters, LLC
Miami, FL
Tyson Fresh Meats
Amarillo, TX
Dakota City, NE
Denison, IA
Hillsdale, IL
Holcomb, KS
Lexington, NE
Logansport, IN
Madison, NE
Pasco, WA
Perry, IA
Storm Lake, IA
Waterloo, IA
Valley Proteins, Inc.
Amarillo, TX
East Earl, PA
Emporia, VA
Linville, VA
Strawberry Plains, TN
Winchester, VA
Venture Milling Co.
Annsonville, NC
Seaford, DE
West Coast Reduction, Ltd.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
West Coast Rendering
Vernon, CA
Western Mass. Rendering
Southwick, MA
Wilbur Ellis Co.
Portland, OR
Worthington Rendering Co.
Worthington, MN

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