The Australian Renderers Association (ARA) is the national body within Australia which represents the interests of producers and traders of rendered animal products at the State and Federal Government levels and any forum where there is a need for the industry to be represented. Whilst it does not become involved in commercial issues it nevertheless facilitates trade in rendered products domestically and internationally.
The ARA started as the Australian Meat & Bone Meal Shippers and Producers Association as the result of an initiative of Mr Brian Bartlett (first National President) in early 1976. Of particular concern to new members at the time were issues such as shipping freight rates and Federal Government restrictive controls on the export of meat and bone meal. Efforts to remove these controls, through persistence, eventually proved to be successful.
The name of the Association was changed in 1989 to its existing title - a name then more descriptive of the Association and its role. This coincided with the emergence of the BSE problem in the United Kingdom and strong proactive decisions were taken by the ARA to introduce Accreditation Workshops for the Hygienic Production of Rendered Products to train plant personnel and also the development of a Code of Practice for Hygienic Rendering of Animal Products. To increase education in the industry, the first International Symposium was held in August 1991 and symposia have been held bi-annually since. As a flow on from the establishment of the Code of Practice, the ARA today accredits rendering establishments as complying with the Code.
The ARA conducts information workshops in Asia to assist animal feed manufacturers better understand the advantages of using safe Australian rendered products.
Australia has been awarded by the OIE their lowest possible risk category for the chance of BSE occurring in our national herd.
Australia leads the way internationally in hygienic rendering practices. Australia has developed and implemented, with assistance of the ARA, an Australian Standard for Hygienic Rendering of Animal Products – AS 5008. The standard utilises HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) protocols to develop hygienic rendering practices.
Plants wishing to be accredited by the ARA must comply with the ARA Code of Practice for Hygienic Rendering which require compliance levels above and beyond the requirements of the Australian Standard and accredited plants are independently audited to ensure they comply with the requirements of the Code of Practice.
Similarly, plants recycling fats and oils that wish to be accredited by the ARA must comply with the ARA Code of Practice for the Recycling of Used Cooking Fats and Oils.
Purchasing from accredited suppliers will ensure buyers they are receiving products processed to exacting hygienic conditions.