Argentina Renderers Work toward Sustainability

By Fernando Mendizábal Fernández
First Vice President, World Renderers Organization

In early December 2016, the second national congress of proteins and fats from animal origin took place in Los Cardales, Argentina. Organized by the Camara de Subproductos Ganaderos de la Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires (chamber of animal by-products of the
commerce of Buenos Aires), the congress hosted renderers from many countries, including Australia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Italy, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.

The main subject of the meeting was the recycling of animal by-products as a sustainable model, analyzed on the three axes of sustainability: economic, social, and environmental. Regarding economic sustainability, a series of talks focused on availability of raw material and efficient animal by-product processing technologies. Concerned by the need to remain competitive in the global market, Argentinian renderers examined short- and medium-term raw material availability as well as new technologies to save energy and maintain or leverage quality of finished products. At the end of the lectures, a roundtable with equipment manufacturers idealized the best options to invest in.

For addressing the positive impact on communities and the environment, local authorities from Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Argoalimentaria (Argentina’s national animal health), Organismo Provincial para el Desarrollo Sostenible (sustainable development of Buenos Aires), and Autoridad de Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo (regional environmental authority) were invited to share their views on how legislation can be improved to provide better operational conditions for renderers. Similar to the technology lectures, there was also a roundtable that assembled authorities together to discuss options to challenges with transporting animal by-products from meat packing houses to rendering companies.

It was encouraging to see authorities open up to listening and establishing bridges with renderers to find the best opportunities and solutions to their concerns. Renderers globally are learning how to become better communicators about rendered products as well as the virtues of rendering. Still, rendering remains the invisible industry to many people so whenever there is opportunity to speak about it, listeners are surprised at the benefit rendering provides in avoiding pollution with unprocessed animal by-products.

World Renderers Organization (WRO) President Tim Juzefowicz from Australia and this author from Mexico were in attendance receiving comments on global concerns and sharing useful experiences. Juzefowicz gave a lecture explaining the objectives and challenges the global rendering industry is facing and invited Latin American countries to be part of WRO.

During the congress a new Latin American renderers organization was founded. Named CLIRSA, it is a board of country associations from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Mexico. Representing Argentina are Jorge Rossoti, Vicente Materia, Jaime Sasson, Evelino Roman, and Daniel Di Pardo. Representing Uruguay is Ricardo Cabrera and Jorge Cabrera while Brazil is represented by Lucas Cypriano and Mexico is represented by this author. The main purpose of this board is to strengthen and integrate the Latin American rendering industry. The volume of rendered products this board represents is as important as the European Union and United States, bringing a new regional integration onto the global stage.

Overall, the experience at Argentina’s congress was of professionalism and goodwill to leverage the rendering industry in Argentina and Latin America. It provided an invitation for others to promote their regions and strengthen the industry globally.

February 2017 RENDER | back