Taking Care of Business

By Tim Juzefowicz, President, World Renderers Organization

The World Renderers Organization (WRO) held an interim meeting in October at the National Renderers Association annual convention on Amelia Island, Florida. It was a well-attended event with a strong international presence. A brief of past WRO activities was provided that included representation and presentations at:

• First congress of the Global Pet Food Industry Association in Cape Town, South Africa, November 2015
• Meat industry workshop sponsored by the New Zealand Meat Industry Association in Hamilton, New Zealand, March 2016
• Global Food and Feed Congress hosted by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in Antalya, Turkey, April 2016
IFIF-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations annual meeting in Rome, Italy, October 2016

WRO First Vice President Fernando Mendizabal reported that the organization’s website had experienced an intermittent service issue.

“We were concerned first with providing a solution for resolving this situation and secondly to adopt a new platform with capabilities to prepare the WRO web page for the future,” he stated, further explaining a new website was formed that will provide stability and ease of administration at a reduced cost.

Mendizabal added that e-mails for the WRO officers and administrative team are now available providing a better representation when communicating with other global organizations. The new website also offers statistics and information that will be used to assess the regions where focus is needed to communicate WRO’s vision and objectives. While the current website at www.worldrenderers.com is still active, the new site is at www.worldrenderers.net. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Members were then advised that WRO considers Render magazine the best method of reporting the latest news to members, although the WROutlook newsletter could still serve as an information source. Previously published quarterly, the newsletter will now be issued semi-annually and include technical articles on rendering.

The WRO Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) gave a report on two projects: (1) removal of foreign matter from rendering raw material, and (2) foreign DNA in processed animal proteins. A foreign matter strategy for consideration was prepared by Andrich Communications in Australia after discussions with Andy Bennett of the Australian Renderers Association and this author. The strategy covered six key areas:

1. Communicate with rendering suppliers to strengthen the message to management that foreign matter in raw material is unacceptable. For improved understanding, the discussion could include a presentation on the issue of foreign matter. At the rendering plant level, raw material should be inspected for presence of foreign matter and any issues must be reported.

2. Design a range of posters and flyers for production and cleaning staff applicable to their function that would be clearly visible in the workplace of what is acceptable in raw material bins. Care will need to be taken to accommodate differences in language and culture.

3. Conduct educational sessions for suppliers, transporters, and renderers on what is acceptable.

4. Compose a series of articles highlighting activities to distribute throughout industry and consumer media.

5. Ensure follow-up is conducted and reporting is effective. It is recommended that phone calls, e-mails, and visits to each key site are maintained to ensure that progress is being made.

6. Promote and investigate the use of alternative technology in the meat industry. These items include renderable gloves, bag liners, and commonly used meat industry items that find their way into rendering raw material. Research should also be conducted on animal identification tags.

This strategy can be documented in a handbook accessed through the website.

The SAP informed members that the report on DNA analysis of processed animal proteins is in the early stages of development and currently limited to the panel providing scientific advice. This project will require technical expertise by qualified testing service providers.

Dirk Dobbelaere, European Fat Processors and Renderers Association (EFPRA), represented WRO at the IFIF-FAO annual meeting in Rome in early October. He reported there were about 35 delegates present including representatives of compound feed industry organizations from all over the world and feed additive producers from Europe. The meeting was devoted to three topics but direct rendering industry related topics were not considered. Issues of note were:

FAO-led feed safety multi-stakeholder partnership, assisted by IFIF, to promote its Global Animal Nutrition Program in African countries and in a number of Asian countries in 2017.

• The Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership 2016-2018 Work Plan will begin with two technical advisory groups convening in the coming months – one on water footprinting and the other on soil carbon stock changes.

• Antibiotic resistance with reference made to World Antibiotic Awareness Week November 14-20. IFIF attended the Codex Alimentarius working group on antimicrobial resistance meeting in London, England, at the end of November.

Upcoming Events
EFPRA is already preparing for its next congress in Hamburg, Germany, May 31-June 2, 2017. The hosts, the German Animal By-products Association, have chosen a venue in the middle of old Hamburg between the Reeperbahn area, port, and Speicherstadt (warehouse) district with a spectacular skyline view above the River Elbe and one of Europe’s biggest harbors. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Braungart, founder and scientific chief executive officer of Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH, an international environmental research and consulting institute headquartered in Hamburg. He is also the co-founder and scientific director of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry in Charlottesville, Virginia, co-founder and scientific manager of Hamburger Umweltinstitut (a non-profit research center), as well as director of Braungart Consulting in Hamburg.

Contrary to the European “From Farm to Fork” approach, Braungart proposes – not only for agriculture but also for technical applications – the idea of “Cradle to Cradle,” called C2C. His vision is to develop products and manufacturing processes that eliminate waste. The products must be completely safe for both people and the environment. Additionally, products manufactured will be useful for other processes. These products work in closed loop nutrient circles so there will not be any waste at all, only useful resources.

In 2001, Braungart and the EPEA team demonstrated how disastrous the just-imposed European Union feed ban was due to the interruption of the nutrient cycle (http://dev.nl.epea-hamburg.org/sites/default/files-nl/SmokedMeat.pdf). In his EFPRA Congress keynote speech – “How long will Earth exist if we live like we live?” – Braungart will demonstrate the importance of closed nutrient and production cycles.

There will be a technical symposium held during the congress, a trade exhibition, and interesting social events to give the participants enough time for networking. More than 300 international participants are expected. Furthermore, the EFPRA Congress will host the WRO annual meeting. Registration will open soon at www.efprahamburg2017.com.

The Australian Renderers Association invites renderers from around the world to its next International Symposium, “What Tomorrow Holds,” July 25-28, 2017, for an informative conference and enjoyable social program. By popular demand, the event will again be held at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast where the climate in July is moderate to warm. More information is available at arasymposium.com.au.

For further information on this topic, contact the author, Tim Juzefowicz.

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