World Renderers: Changing the guard and ready to grow; Are you joining us?

This column focuses on the WRO annual meeting held in Naples, Fl, USA 23rd October, 2013. No doubt that the great location and good timing of the WRO meeting helped to draw an excellent attendance from registered attendees at the NRA meeting held during that week. Several key issues were discussed and approved during the meeting.

 

WRO Code of Practice

In 2010, a “road map” for World Renderers Organization (WRO) members was adopted by the membership. One of the recommendations was to produce ‘best-practice guidelines’.  Best-practice guidelines are a signal that the WRO can provide useful advice and uniform approaches to rendering on a global scale.  

As developed, there are two ‘linked’ documents that consider two separate aspects. Document one is entitled ‘Guidelines for Hygienic Rendering’

In principle, it is expected that such guidelines could be useful to both renderers and agencies with a global perspective such as WHO, FAO, Codex Alimentarius and OIE.

Rendering around the world is carried out with different equipment, different mixes of raw material and different regulatory environments.  For these reasons, best practice is not necessarily applicable on a universal basis.   

Therefore as a starting point, the WRO has prepared guidelines, rather than best-practices, which may not be applicable, or even legal, in some countries.

Terms of references for WRO guidelines were prepared and a range of topics that could be suitable subjects for guidelines were listed.  It was proposed that the first guidelines should be about hygiene and product safety.  It was recognised that some countries have well established legislation or codes of practice relating to the safety of rendered products.  

The WRO guidelines are not intended to be used instead of existing legislation or codes of practice but extracts from existing codes and legislation have been incorporated into the guidelines.  The guidelines have been developed as minimum requirements which can be augmented in different countries depending on circumstances.  While countries may have codes and legislation that differ from the WRO guidelines, the guidelines should demonstrate that renderers who face common issues around the world can apply universal principles to address these issues. 

Document two is termed ‘Model HACCP Plan For Rendering’. The guidelines for hygienic rendering recommend that renderers should implement quality assurance programs to control product safety and that quality assurance programs should include a HACCP plan.  This recommendation is in line with international codes and legislation relating to food and feed safety.  There are also international codes and recommendations about how to prepare HACCP plans.  These recommendations tend to focus on the assessment and control of hazards to human health that might arise in food for human consumption.  Application of HACCP principles to rendered products and animal feeds presents difficulties because the products are at least one step removed from the human food chain. This makes it difficult to assess the impact of hazard associated with rendered products on human health.

To help renderers apply and implement HACCP plans as recommended by the WRO guidelines, the WRO has prepared a model HACCP plan.  It is intended that renderers can use the model HACCP plan as an example of how to develop a HACCP plan in general.  

In addition, renderers can adopt specific parts of the model plan that apply to an individual establishment’s circumstances.

The model HACCP plan has been developed according to the Codex Alimentarius guidelines for the application of HACCP systems.  A major part of the model plan is a list of hazards that might arise in the production of rendered products and assessments of these hazards in terms of risk of occurrence and severity to animal and human health.  It is intended that these hazard characterisations will be helpful to renderers who are developing or revalidating HACCP plans.  Other parts of the model HACCP plan provide explanation of the Codex Alimentarius guidelines and worked examples of how the Codex guidelines can be implemented. 

Both documents were drafted by Bill Spooncer and further developed by David Meeker and Martin Alm. The author assisted in the final editing. Both documents are available for free download from www.worldrenderers.com subject to filling in a simple contact details form.

 

Budget and new dues structure

A budget was proposed by the Presidency to allow WRO to develop activities in accordance with the WRO principles of engagement and development of our industry. Dues have been maintained at $1,000  from the formation of WRO over 10 years ago, but it was considered that these needed to be increased to allow the budget demands to be met. In 2012, the idea of reviewing the dues structure, whilst maintaining the ethos of ‘One country, One vote’ was agreed. A formal proposal was made by the Presidency, showing 5 types of members (see table below for details) and this proposal endorsed at the annual meeting. 

 

WRO: Dues structure* ($ pa)

  • Type 1 - Top 10 countries in rendering tonnage: $2,500
  • Type 2 - All other countries and their associations: $1,500
  • Type 3 - Individual Companies (from countries with no national association) $1,500
  • Type 4 - Associate Supporting Membership: $2,000        
  • Type 5 - New members (Type 1 or 2) 50% discount for first year only          

* The dues will apply from October 2013 for the f/y  2013-2014

 

Executive board

Previously there has been an informal ‘communications’ group, made up of mainly current and ex-presidency members. It was felt that a slightly more formal approach was needed if WRO was to develop as members wished. Accordingly, a proposal to establish an executive board of seven people was approved by the membership. Members will comprise, the current three man Presidency, plus two most previous past Presidents and two other active members chosen by the President. The membership of the Executive board will be decided at a later date and communicated to members.

 

Communications

It was agreed that communications play a vital role in supporting the activities of the WRO, and this was reflected in a recommendation in the budget that the web site should be maintained at it’s current high standard, together with making all WRO publications available to all.  A new World Rendering Outlook newsletter was presented at the Annual meeting (free to down load) and our WRO communications advocate (Alan von Tunzelman) took the editorial opportunity to argue for new members and more participation by all. A further edition will be published soon in order to highlight the activities planned for 2014.

Please look at www.worldrenderers.org to find all the WRO communications information.

 

Change of guard

The (almost) final act of the WRO president, Dave Kaluzny II was to entertain a motion to elect a new WRO Presidency team. President, Stephen Woodgate; 1st vice- President, Tim Juzefowicz; 2nd vice-President, Fernando Mendizabal were nominated and duly elected.

Your author gave thanks to Dave Kaluzny for his sterling efforts during his tenure as WRO President, and wished him well for the future as a member of the WRO executive board.

 

Vision 2013-2015

I was able to set out a few ideas for the future at the end of the meeting, but specifically,  my goals are to try and grow the membership and increase the level of participation by all. These two objectives will be central to this Presidency term, and I invite all WRO members or potential future members to make contact with any ideas that they have to make WRO more relevant and useful to them.  One idea already in advanced planning (in agreement with EFPRA) is to hold a WRO workshop on June 5th, during the EFPRA congress in Stockholm, 4-7 June 2014.  I have invited Alexandra de Athayde, the Executive Director of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) to give the following presentation; ‘Rendered products: Key components in a sustainable global feed and food supply chain’. I am pleased to say that Alex has accepted this invitation, so we can look forward to a lively debate on the merits of our products within the world livestock sector. More will follow in the next edition of World Renderers Outlook and in future editions of Render magazine.