Canadian Issues Addressed

Canadian Renderers Association (CRA) members took the opportunity of already being at the National Renderers Association in Las Vegas, NV, to hold their own meeting to focus on pressing issues. First up was 14 questions posed to renderers by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regarding the modernization of its feed regulations and inspection systems. Members took the time to get a consensus on the answers they would submit to the agency.

Next up was grease theft. Todd Moser, Rothsay, suggested educating companies that purchase used cooking oil to have the broker/hauler they buy from sign an affidavit stating the grease was not stolen. He also recommended filing a police report when grease theft has occurred, but admitted that this is not a high priority for police agencies.

“No magic bullet exists to take care of this problem,” stated T.J. Koewler, Rothsay. The group decided to hold a task force meeting to gather ideas on how to move forward on the situation.

Canadian renderers and a few allied industries want the country’s bovine spongiform encephalopathy rules to be more in line with the United States’ rules, but CFIA and some feed groups are against the idea, using the argument that Canada’s rules allow more access to the export market, although this has not occurred.

Under the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) export program, the CRA receives $43,500 per year, matching 50 percent of industry expenses of $96,000 for promoting exports of rendered products. Graham Clarke, government liaison for CRA, informed renderers the program expires in 2013 and he’s unsure whether it will be extended, but that the association’s credibility with AAFC is good.

Rob Jones, West Coast Reduction, updated members on the efforts to reopen the tallow market in China. He received a draft of the export certificate, which specifies China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine must give permission for the Chinese customer (e.g., processing plant) to import Canadian tallow. Jones stated that most customers do not like the idea of being required to obtain permission to import product.

June 2012 RENDER | back