The 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. Thirty-seven workshops have been conducted since 1991 and over 950 people have been accredited.
The workshop focuses on:
The workshops are held at the University of Queensland, Gatton at the end January / early February and again end June / early July each year
Application forms are available approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the next course.