Partnering Up in Rendering Research

The old saying “there is strength in numbers” is playing out with the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation (FPRF) as the group is seeing an increased partnership with industries that use animal proteins and fats in feed. One major accomplishment is the involvement of the pet food industry on joint research projects of rendered products. A project recently approved will assess factors affecting Salmonella in fats that are used in pet food.

After collaborating with FPRF on a recent project, the Poultry Protein and Fat Council of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association has committed $50,000 yearly toward industry research. The National Pork Board is also coming onboard with joint FPRF research projects that focus on the effects of various fats on the meat quality of pigs. These partnerships are in addition to FPRF’s continued support of at-large research conducted at universities and the myriad of ongoing and new projects performed at the Animal Co-Products Research and Education Center at Clemson University in South Carolina.

To further expand its researcher base, FPRF is exploring opening a second research center to focus on pet food possibly at Colorado State University (CSU). The university is world-known for its focus on meat science, food safety, agriculture, water quality, veterinary medicine, engineering, and business. CSU is also centrally located within the United States and close to JBS, who is a financial donor toward the university’s new animal science building.

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