On June 9, 2011, delegates from around the globe gathered at the European Fat Processors and Renderers Association (EFPRA) Congress in Dublin, Ireland, for an interim meeting of the World Renderers Organization (WRO). Forty-one renderers from 18 countries attended the gathering, an extremely good turnout for a meeting of an interim nature. The annual meeting of the WRO was held at the end of July at the Australian Renderers Association Symposium in Sydney, Australia.
WRO President Alan von Tunzelman from New Zealand presided at the interim meeting along with myself, from the United States, and Second Vice President Stephen Woodgate from the United Kingdom. A review of the organization’s financial condition for the period October 2010 through May 2011 was completed showing adequate resources to conduct the group’s routine business as well as to address new projects aimed at industry promotion worldwide and development of rendering best practices to use around the world, especially in countries just now developing a rendering industry.
Bruce Ross, National Renderers Association (NRA) consultant headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, presented to the assembled delegates the progress he and Kent Swisher, NRA vice president of International Marketing, have made on their initiative to promote the rendering industry worldwide. The draft presented was based on four essential components:
1. Further establish and cement the WRO’s relationship with such global institutions as the World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), World Trade Organization, and the like.
2. Develop a consistent message on the industry and its products.
3. Identify key public relations opportunities beyond those already being utilized by the organization.
4. Identify opinion influencers around the world and make contacts with them on an ongoing basis.
Plans are to have the three-page draft flushed out into a formal program based upon input received at the Dublin meeting and be ready for more formal scrutiny at the annual WRO meeting in Sydney.
Meanwhile, Bill Spooncer from Australia made a presentation on the development of the WRO Best Practices Guidelines. Noting that the guidelines were just that, “guidelines,” they are not intended to replace regulations in any country but rather are designed to aid countries with undeveloped or limited rendering regulations as they move forward. The guidelines will include everything from hazard analysis and critical control point and quality assurance to facilities and heat treatment recommendations. Spooncer presented his formal draft at the WRO annual meeting in Sydney as well.
WRO members decided at the Dublin meeting to seek a seat on the IFIF Board of Directors. Having been solicited to do so, the group determined it was in their best interest to continue a close collaboration with the foundation. Over the past few years, the WRO has been a major sponsor of the IFIF Global Feed and Food Congress. This sponsorship has also included providing numerous speakers for the congress.
The IFIF has as its purpose to be a unified voice in the support of global animal and aquaculture feed industries as well as to be a forum for the feed and allied feed industries. They do this by sharing realistic science-based strategies for efficient and economical production of animal feed and food that is nutritious and safe. It was decided to nominate Woodgate for the board of director position.
In further support of the organization’s efforts to establish better relations with other world bodies, it was determined to again request a memorandum of understanding with the OIE. In its relative infancy the WRO attempted such a relationship. However, at that time the OIE considered the WRO to be less than representative of the entire world’s rendering industry. They were also looking for more representation within the organization from developing nations.
Today the WRO lists 25 individual country members and all 27 European Union countries. More developing countries have joined the WRO as raw material for rendering becomes available in those countries. (Note that many developing countries still consume most, if not all, of the animal and therefore there is no material to be rendered. No rendering material, no rendering industry.)
The memorandum outlines that the two organizations will keep each other informed of those activities that may be of interest and invite each other to participate as observers in meetings of mutual interest. They would also exchange their catalogues of available publications and share free copies of documents and publications of mutual interest. In addition, the two organizations will endeavor to cooperate further through formal and informal consultations on issues of common interest and in particular as follows:
• Cooperation in the development and revision of international animal health and zoonoses standards relevant to international trade of rendered products.
• Exchange of views on the approach by intergovernmental bodies such as the World Health Organization and FAO and their subsidiary bodies (Codex Alimentarius Commission) to animal disease and zoonoses surveillance and control strategies that may impact the production and trade of rendered products.
• Exchange of views and parti-cipation at meetings on relevant aspects of animal health and zoonoses, food, and feed safety.
• Keep the other party informed of its activities that may be of interest.
• Arrangement, with due respect to the procedures of both parties, for experts of each organization to participate in meetings of commissions and working groups of interest to the other organization relevant items on the agenda of these meetings are addressed.
Before the WRO meeting adjourned, Tunzelman formally recognized Render for its outstanding international related coverage. In addition to the WRO articles, there has been a greater inclusion of global material, hence the new by-line on the magazine, “The International Magazine of Rendering.”
Future WRO meetings are:
• October 21, 2011, interim meeting at the NRA Annual Convention in Tucson, AZ (http://nationalrenderers.org); and
• June 7, 2012, annual meeting at EFPRA Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia (http://efpradubrovnik2012.com).
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