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sustaincircleThe rendering industry has led the recycling industry as we know it.

 For over 200 years we have protected our environment by converting animal by-products from the human food processing industry into edible meat fractions, feed ingredients for livestock, companion animals and fish as well as pharmaceutical ingredients, edible tallow, tallow for soap, cosmetics and biofuels. 

Nothing is wasted, we even return the water which represents 60% of animal bodyweight back to the environment to sustain our ecology.

The use of rendered products world-wide has been affected by hygiene concerns such as the spread of BSE, Salmonella in animal feeds and heat treatments imposed by various countries in international trade.

In response the ARA has taken an active role in supporting members to produce safe products that are fit for purpose. The ARA has been particularly active in developing programs to assist members to control Salmonella in meat meal.

The ARA has also contributed to activities to ensure that importing country requirements for heat treatments are negotiated and complied with and is an active member of Australia’s TSE freedom-assurance program (TSEFAP).

In 1991 the ARA introduced the workshop on hygienic rendering of animal products. This training program provides accreditation of individuals who successfully complete the workshop. Twenty-seven workshops had been conducted since 1991 and over 700 people have been accredited.

The workshop focuses on:

  • Growth and survival characteristics of micro-organisms relevant to rendering;
  • HACCP-based quality assurance for rendering;
  • ARA Code of Practice and the revised Australian Standard for Rendering;
  • Domestic and overseas requirements for production of rendered products;
  • Heat transfer in rendering systems;
  • Operation of presses;
  • Hygienic design of rendering equipment;
  • Tallow and meat meal specifications.

The next workshop will be held at the University of Queensland, Gatton from 8 - 13 February 2015.

Application forms will be available in October.

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