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Aquaculture Group Seeks Comments on Standards

Drafts of the new Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards for feed mills, developed under the guidance of the Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), are posted for public comment at Comments were requested by October 31, 2009.

Two draft documents – the standards/guidelines and accompanying audit form – are provided online in portable document format. The first file outlines the standards, as well as the reasons for their requirements and how best to comply with the standards. The draft audit form indicates how evaluators will review feed mills for compliance with the BAP standards.

In addition to social and environmental responsibility, the new feed mill standards encompass food safety and traceability. Audit questions address potential chemical and other safety hazards, and require certified feed plants to comply with regulations regarding feed ingredients. Feed mills must also obtain marine meals and oils from sustainable sources and provide information on the levels of these products used in feeds.

The SOC recently approved the release of the new standards for public comment after reviewing an initial draft submitted by the Feed Mill Technical Committee. After evaluating comments received, the technical committee will consider changes to the standards and forward a revised document to the SOC for further approval. All properly submitted comments will be acknowledged.

The National Renderers Association and Fats and Proteins Research Foundation (FPRF) have worked with the GAA as part of both groups’ overall strategy to be more proactive with engaging standard-setting bodies, both private and government. The industry’s goal is to have standards and/or recommendations concerning rendered products based on science versus emotions.

Dr. Sergio Nates, FPRF president, is chairman of the GAA’s Feed Mill Certification Committee and has been involved over the past few years developing these standards. Not only are rendered products currently accepted in the text, they are specifically referred to under “Environment Fishmeal and Fish Oil Conservations” as follows: “Important substitutes for proteins and oils from feed fisheries include meals and oils from plants, rendered animal proteins, fish-processing by-products, and emerging sources such as farmed marine polychaetes and algae meals.”

In addition to submission via the Web site, comments can be submitted by e-mail or fax to BAP Standards Coordinator Daniel Lee, e-mail, fax (44) 1248-716729, or Technical Committee Chairman Sergio Nates, e-mail, fax (703) 683-2626.

Barry Talley Passes

Rendering industry veteran Barry Talley passed away August 5, 2009, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and numerous family members and friends.

After spending nearly two decades in the printing industry, Talley began his rendering career as a broker, eventually devoting 22 years to Moyer Packing, which later was purchased by Smithfield Beef, in Pennsylvania from which he retired. He worked as a rendering consultant during his retirement.

Although a quiet man, Talley was a very active and supportive member of the National Renderers Association, and was especially involved with the International Market Development Committee. He was also a key player with the Animal Protein Producers Industry, where he served as chairman from 1994 to 1996.

BDI Names Marketing and Communications Manager

Bernd Oberzaucher has assumed responsibility for the marketing and corporate communication division of BDI – BioDiesel International AG, Austria. In addition to traditional marketing and communication tasks, his activities will focus on the continued development of BDI’s international presence.

Oberzaucher was previously employed in a managerial capacity at Steyr-Daimler-Puch Fahrzeugtechnik (automotive engineering), Magna Steyr, and most recently at the Arztekammer Steiermark (Medical Association of Styria) where he was responsible for marketing and public relations.

JBS to Purchase Majority Stake in Pilgrim’s Pride

Under a reorganization plan filed under chapter 11 bankruptcy, Pilgrim’s Pride will sell 64 percent of its new common stock to JBS S.A. for $800 million in cash. Proceeds from the sale of the stock will be used to fund cash distributions to allowed claims under the plan. The two companies have agreed to a transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately $2.8 billion.

Pilgrim’s Pride filed for bankruptcy December 1, 2008, and expects the plan to be confirmed by the court in time to emerge from bankruptcy before the end of this year.

Two years ago, JBS S.A. acquired Swift and Company, a U.S. beef and pork company, and in 2008, the Brazilian beef company purchased Smithfield Beef and Five Rivers Cattle Feeding. With the Pilgrim’s Pride acquisition, JBS S.A. will enter the U.S. poultry industry.

Klein Promoted at National Beef

Tim Klein has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of National Beef Packing Company, LLC, and has been appointed to the board of managers of the company. Klein had previously served as company president and chief operating officer since 1997.

John Miller, who has been the CEO of National Beef for the past 17 years, will take on a new role as a consultant to the company and will retain his position on the board of managers.

Onken Named Distributor for Rotek Plastic Bins

Onken, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of grease recycling equipment, has signed an agreement to be Rotek Plastic’s exclusive distributor for U.S. sales.

Rotek Plastic, a Canadian rotational mold plastics company, was founded in 2004. The company began with a line of waste containers and later expanded into grease recycling containers in Canada. Rotek has recently expanded their products into the U.S. market.

Onken originated in the bulk grease collection system in the early 1980s and has been providing grease handling equipment to the rendering industry.

Tyson Fresh Meats to Pay Millions for Discharges

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., has agreed to pay a $2,026,500 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated terms of a 2002 consent decree and a federally-issued pollution discharge permit at its meat processing facility in Dakota City, NE.

In April 2002, Tyson Fresh Meats, known as IBP, Inc., until May 2003, entered into a consent decree with the federal government and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to bring wastewater discharges at its facility into compliance with state and federal law. Tyson discharges an average of five million gallons of treated effluent from its Dakota City facility into the Missouri River each day.

The 2002 consent decree required IBP to complete a supplemental environmental project, specifically a $2.9 million nitrification system that was intended to reduce the amount of ammonia in its wastewater discharges to the Missouri River. The decree also provided that once the installation of the nitrification system was complete, enforcement would begin on certain limits of a new National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit relating to toxicity and ammonia levels in the facility’s treated wastewater discharge.

According to an August 21, 2009, filing in U.S. District Court in Omaha, NE, the government alleges that from July 2003 through March 2004, Tyson failed to properly operate the nitrification system as required by the 2002 consent decree, and as a result, had numerous discharges of fecal coliform and nitrites in violation of its 2002 NPDES permit. Specifically, nitrites in the discharge caused high levels of toxicity to aquatic life in the Missouri River.

According to Tyson Foods, the company worked cooperatively with state and federal regulators concerning wastewater issues that occurred years ago at this former IBP plant. Those issues have been resolved and the plant’s Dakota City wastewater treatment system is operating effectively.

After Tyson became aware in 2003 that some treatment plant processes were not performing as intended, operational changes were made and additional equipment and systems added, enabling the treatment system to function consistently. Some of the improvements included installing additional process monitoring equipment; expanding technical training in operations, awareness, and troubleshooting; enhancing administrative, process, and engineering controls; and improving ongoing environmental and technical surveillance via the facility’s environmental, health, and safety management system.

Over the past nine years, approximately $27 million has been spent upgrading and improving the IBP wastewater treatment system at Dakota City. This includes more than $4 million spent on modifications since 2003.

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