62ND MEETING OF THE SPS COMMITTEE

COMMUNICATION FROM THE WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE)

The following communication, received on 6 March 2015, is being circulated at the request of the OIE.


The OIE is pleased to provide this update for the information of SPS Committee Members. This report focuses on: 1) developments in the OIE standards for terrestrial and aquatic animals; 2) the launch of The Guide to Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance; 3) the third OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health: Riding the Wave to the Future; and 4) capacity building using the OIE PVS Pathway.

1 - DEVELOPMENTS IN THE OIE STANDARDS FOR TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC ANIMALS

1.1. The Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission (Code Commission) met on 10-20 February 2015. The meeting focused on new and revised texts for the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Terrestrial Code) to be proposed for adoption at the 83rd General Session (24-29 May 2015).

1.2. The Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission met on 2-6 March 2015. The meeting focused on new and revised texts for the Aquatic Animal Health Code and Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals to be proposed for adoption at the 83rd General Session.

1.3. The OIE draws the attention of WTO Members to the following important developments.

1.1 Foot and mouth disease (FMD)

1.4. The revised chapter on FMD that will be proposed for adoption this year represents the culmination of several years work by an ad hoc group of experts and the Specialist Commissions. Each draft circulated for member countries' comments attracted a large number of comments and suggestions which have been systematically addressed by the ad hoc group and the Specialist Commissions.

1.5. In response to member countries' requests for additional definitions of "official emergency vaccination", and "systematic vaccination"; and revision of the waiting time for recovery of free status without vaccination when vaccination is used in response to an outbreak the Code Commission considered these requests to be part of a broader issue on vaccination to be addressed in the future, probably by development of a specific horizontal chapter on vaccination programmes. The Code Commission has recommended the Director General establish an ad hoc group to address this subject prior to its September 2015 meeting.

1.2 Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)

1.6. Urgent amendments to the BSE disease articles are being proposed this year to prevent a country's BSE categorisation status being adversely affected by the occurrence of the spontaneously occurring condition, "atypical" BSE. 

1.7. In proposing these amendments, the Specialist Commissions also noted that the exposure assessment detailed in Article 11.4.4. of the BSE chapter should be conducted regardless of the outcome of the entry assessment because of the possibility of recycling "atypical" BSE.

1.3 Harmonisation of the chapters on vector borne disease (Infection with African horse sickness virus; Infection with bluetongue virus; Infection with epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus)

1.8. Since the adoption of the revised chapter on infection with African sickness virus in 2012, an ad hoc group of experts and the Specialist Commissions have reviewed and harmonised the existing chapter on "Infection with bluetongue virus", and the new chapter on "Infection with epizootic haemorrhagic disease" to harmonise with the structure, format and concepts presented in the "Infection with African horse sickness virus" chapter, especially in relation to vector control, vector surveillance and risk mitigation activities related to the vector common to these three diseases. The new chapter on "Infection with epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus", and the revised chapter on "Infection with bluetongue virus" will be proposed for adoption in May.

1.4 Infection with African swine fever virus (ASF)

1.9. The chapter on infection with ASF virus has been updated taking into account the advice of an ad hoc group of experts, and the recommendations developed from the technical item on "African swine fever: new challenges and measures to prevent its spread" at the 2014 OIE General Session, and the subsequent OIE and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation joint international meeting on early detection and prevention of ASF and other animal health issues at the wildlife-livestock-human interface.

1.5 High health status horse subpopulation

1.10. This chapter, first adopted last year, has been revised in response to member countries' comments. Although many member countries sought greater detail and clarification, the Specialist Commissions noted that this chapter was developed as a general principles document intentionally. The Code Commission recognised that several member countries have concerns over this new concept, due to the absence of the supporting biosecurity plan and the OIE implementation guidelines, but these are both under development. These will incorporate the key concepts and principles for establishment and maintenance of a high health status subpopulation or compartment. The biosecurity plan will be developed by the private sector partners: Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) and the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA). Whilst it is possible that some of the details could be incorporated in the Terrestrial Code in the future, for the moment the chapter is intended to address the key principles and concepts only.

2 - THE GUIDE TO TERRESTRIAL ANIMAL HEALTH SURVEILLANCE - A NEW OIE PRACTICAL HANDBOOK

2.1. The Guide to Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance was developed by international experts in surveillance methodology and takes into account the complexity of animal health management, the diversity of the animal kingdom and the variety of situations in the 180 OIE member countries.

2.2. It provides a framework for animal health surveillance activities carried out by national Veterinary Services and other competent authorities in partnership with public sector veterinarians, diagnostic laboratories, animal owners, forest wardens, hunters and other stakeholders. This handbook can be purchased from the OIE Online Bookshop, accessible through the OIE website: http://www.oie.int.

3 - THE THIRD OIE GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON AQUATIC ANIMAL HEALTH: RIDING THE WAVE TO THE FUTURE

3.1. The 3rd OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health was held at Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam) from 20 to 22 January 2015. This Conference was one of a series of global conferences that began in 2006 aimed at raising awareness of the importance of aquatic animal health, and building a global framework for improving the management, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases. 

3.2. The Conference brought together over 250 key players in the aquaculture sector from nearly 100 countries, including representatives of national Veterinary Services and Aquatic Animal Health Services, international experts from OIE Reference Centres, representatives of national, regional and international organisations, and representatives of other Competent Authorities.

3.3. The Conference served as a reminder of the crucial importance of implementing OIE standards, both to safeguard aquatic animal health and to facilitate safe trade. To be able to implement them, the Veterinary Services and the Aquatic Animal Health Services must have the appropriate competency and capacity. However, with most aquaculture production originating in developing and emerging countries, there is also an on-going need to strengthen the capacity of all member countries in this respect. The OIE provides its member countries with support, notably through its PVS Pathway for evaluating the performance of Veterinary Services and/or Aquatic Animal Health Services.

3.4. The conference discussions served to achieve a greater awareness of the need for good governance of the Veterinary Services and Aquatic Animal Health Services, including their public and private sector components, and to encourage veterinarians, aquatic animal health professionals and other partners to play their part in ensuring that products derived from aquaculture are produced without posing a health risk to other animals or to humans. The importance of partnerships between the public sector and the various private sector stakeholders was underlined. Emphasis was also placed on the need for the rational and prudent use of antimicrobial agents in the sector.

3.5. The Conference recommendations, presentations and abstracts are available at:

http://www.oie.int/en/conferences-events/all-oie-world- conferences/presentationsrecommendations.

4 - CAPACITY BUILDING USING THE OIE PVS PATHWAY

4.1. The OIE continues its global initiative to support member countries wishing to strengthen Veterinary Services and Aquatic Animal Health Services (AAHS) using the OIE PVS Pathway.

4.2. A summary of OIE Members' engagement in the PVS Pathway may be found at Annex 1. 



WRO Interim Meeting Minutes

WORLD RENDERERS ORGANIZATION INTERIM MEETING MINUTES

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Rancho Mirage, California

Tm Juzefowicz, Vice President- Presiding

Vice President Juzefowicz welcomed everyone to the WRO interim meeting and to the NRA annual convention. He explained that Stephen Woodgate was unable to attend the meeting and therefore he will chair the meeting. 

Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes of the previous WRO annual meeting on June 5, 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, were reviewed.  Dave Kaluzny moved approval of the minutes.  Niels Nielsen seconded the motion.  Motion was approved.

President’s Report

Vice President Juzefowicz presented the following report on behalf of the President Stephen Woodgate:

Membership 

I am very pleased to report on the record number of members that have either re-joined or joined WRO during the last 12 months. Thanks to the many members who have made this happen. Secondly, I would like to say that the new membership category of Allied Supporting Member is working well, particularly in the way that some of these members are networking with each other and also by the way that they are acting as “membership ambassadors” for WRO! Thanks to them.

Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)

Existing WRO’s Science Advisory Panel (SAP) members, David Meeker from NRA and Martin Alm from EFPRA, have now been enhanced by the new membership of Shane Leath from NZ and Lucas Cypriano from Brazil. I am sure that they will all be keen to develop the ideas proposed by the SAP mandate that you will discuss today and other new initiatives that come up.

Publicity

The positive feedback from members about both the WROutlook newsletter and the WRO website has been very welcoming. I am sure that is helping WRO to ‘spread the word’ and gain more credibility and hopefully members in the longer term. We have also produced an Aquaculture Information ‘flyer’ for GOAL and a new membership ‘flyer,’ so please give it to prospective new members or contacts, and help us to spread the WRO ‘word.’

Finally, I wanted to highlight the contribution of Nancy, who in her first few months of office, got to grips with the workings of WRO and has since moved on to give us, the Presidency team, so much positive support.  Hopefully, I will see many of you in June 2015 in Cracow, Poland.”    

 

Financial Report

Juzefowicz presented the WRO financial statement as of September 30, 2014. A copy of the financial statement is attached.  

Carryover balance 30 September 2014       $7992.33

Revenue 2014 Dues                $32,000.00

Total Expenses                $13,520.99

Balance on hand 30 September 2014    $26,471.34

Nancy Foster described financial control procedures in place and reported WRO finances are audited each year as part of the annual audit of the National Renderers Association.  Graham Shortland moved approval of the WRO FY 2013 financial statement.  Fernando Mendizabal seconded the motion.  Motion was approved.

WRO Membership Update

Haarslev, Keith Engineering and Olymspan have joined as Allied Supporting Members, WRO’s newest membership category.  A Japanese firm contacted Juzefowicz about joining the WRO at the recommendation of Haarslev.  A South Korean company has also expressed interest in becoming a member.  Mendizabal said a Chinese member of WRO has requested information about how to establish a rendering plant.  The Chinese government is encouraging development of small rendering plants.  

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) held its annual Aquaculture Leadership conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Dr. Richard Smullens, Group Technical and R&D Manager Ridley of Ridley Aqua-Feed, Australia, represented the WRO.  Dr. Smullens will provide a report on the meeting that will be sent to WRO members.  Juzefowicz reported that Dr. Smullens’ presentation was well received.  Lucas Cypriano requested a copy and it will be provided to WRO members.

Communications and Promotion Activities

WROutlook Newsletter & Render Magazine:  Juzefowicz reported the WROutlook newsletter is being issued regularly and WRO now has a regular featured column in Render Magazine. He noted the outstanding graphics and design of the WRO newsletter and website, and expressed since thanks to Alastair Woodgate for his outstanding work on both.  

Juzefowicz said his goal is to include more science in WRO communications to increase member knowledge about rendering. 

The September edition of the WROutlook newsletter was sent to allied organizations, such as the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Oils & Fats International, the International Feed Industry Federation and several others.   The goal is to provide it to those involved in partner industries to convey WRO information beyond the rendering sector. 

Twitter:  Mendizabal suggested using Twitter to provide new and timely information WRO members and allied industry representatives.  Tweets are more often read than email or websites, he said.  WRO members discussed this concept and expressed interest in carefully managing any information sent via Twitter.    

WRO Scientific Advisory Panel

Legislation Mapping:  Juzefowicz presented a proposal developed by Lucas Cypriano to compile regulations, legislation and guidance from various countries so it would be available to the governments of Brazil and other nations wishing to oversee BSE activities related to rendering.   The value of assembling this information was discussed.  Dave Kaluzny recommended following OIE guidelines instead.  Dr. Martin Alm agreed to be the project coordinator and will prepare a formal WRO document stating that OIE guidelines are the internationally recognized and accepted scientific standard relating to BSE classification and management.

Contamination Reduction and Management:  Juzefowicz described the problem of contamination in rendering raw material and noted that a solution must be found.  He proposed developing a WRO Code of Practice for contamination reduction as a benchmark for all members.  

Members present agreed with Dr. David Meeker’s recommendation that WRO use the term “foreign material” rather than “contaminant.”  

Juzefowicz asked the SAP to develop a plan to address this problem.  Cypriano agreed to serve as project coordinator, with involvement by the rest of the SAP as well as Dave Kaluzny, Andy Bennett and Graham Shortland who also volunteered to work on this project.  Meeker suggested an educational tool may be useful for suppliers.  

Future Events

None were discussed.

Future Meetings

Annual Meeting:    EFPRA, June 3 - 6, 2015, Cracow, Poland    

Interim Meeting:    ARA, July 21 – 24, 2015, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia

Interim Meeting:    NRA, October 19 - 23, 2015, Laguna Niguel, California

Old/New Business

Andy Bennett reported the Mongolians would like assistance setting up a rendering industry.  Juzefowicz said that Stephen Woodgate provided information but has had no response.

Bennett also suggested that developed WRO nations sponsor developing countries to become a WRO member.  Discussion occurred about the definition of “developing country.”  It was noted the WTO or the United Nations may have a suitable definition.  Juzefowicz said the WRO would look into this.

Members agreed that two subcategories should be added to the “Dues” line of the WRO financial statement.  The subcategories are for 1) WRO Members and 2) Allied Supporting Members.

Juzefowicz presented Dave Kaluzny with a plaque in recognition for his service as WRO president from 2011 to 2013.

The meeting was adjourned.

JOINT FAO/WHO EXPERT MEETING

CALL FOR EXPERTS AND CALL FOR DATA - Rome, Italy 12-15 May 2015 

A rapidly growing population, along with an increase in urbanization and income are driving
the demand for foods of animal origin. The consumption of animal products is estimated to be possibly 70% higher in 2050 than today. Concurrently, the demand for animal feed2 will continue to go up with an increase in the food-feed-fuel competition and in food prices. Measures to reduce imbalanced consumption of animal products, to produce food and feed more efficiently and to reduce food and feed losses and wastes are necessary to face this challenge.

The challenge is not only to meet the growing demand for animal feed but also to ensure its safety. Animal feed safety impacts on animal health, welfare and productivity, the health of feed producers, handlers and users, as well as the safety of the human food supply and the livelihood of farmers. Safe feed helps to reduce production costs, maintains or increases food quality and reduces food losses and wastes. Animal feed is an integral part of the food chain and its safety has been recognized as a shared value and a shared responsibility.

Work on the application of the risk analysis framework provided by Codex in the field of animal feed has facilitated the further understanding of the role of animal feed safety on public health and of the importance of risk-based measures to prevent and control hazards. Hazards may
be introduced through feed ingredients or via carryover or contamination during production, handling, storage and transportation. The presence of a hazard may also result from accidental or deliberate (e.g. fraud) human intervention. Hazards associated with animal feed can be of

a biological, chemical or physical nature and include pathogenic microorganisms, mycotoxins, heavy metals, dioxins, dibenzofurans and PCBs, residues of veterinary drugs and pesticides, and radionuclides. New hazards may be associated with novel and unconventional feed and feed ingredients which are entering the production chain e.g. agro-industrial by-products (such as those of the biofuel industry), insects, food processing by-products, food wastes, etc.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) adopted the Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding (CAC/RCP 54-2004) in 2004. The CAC has also adopted in 2013 Guidelines on the Application of Risk Assessment for Feed (CAC/GL 80-2013) and Guidance for Governments on Prioritizing Hazards in Feed (CAC/GL 81-2013). After completing work on these two documents, the Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding, noting the availability and ongoing emergence of new information in feed of relevance to human health, requested FAO and WHO to update the findings of the 2007 FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Animal Feed Impact on Food Safety3. In order to address this FAO and WHO will review the current knowledge on hazards related to animal feed contaminants and through the implementation of an Expert Meeting provide advice and orientation on this issue to Member Countries, to FAO and WHO 

To read the full statement, you can download the original FAO/WHO PDF by clicking HERE.

WRO takes strides towards International participation

The EFPRA congress in Stockholm proved to be a perfect setting for the first WRO international Workshop. “Sustainability: a key to open doors for growth and development.” The aim of the workshop was to make people think about how WRO can focus the rendering industry’s sustainability credentials to open the minds of retailers and consumers to the positive impact of the industry. The secondary objective for the discussion was to try find ways to encourage and support growth of the Industry in developing regions of the world, as well as considering if the development of global platform to highlight WRO’s key position within the livestock foodchain is possible. In particular, giving due respect to our key strengths of sustainability and animal disease bio-security.

The annual WRO meeting preceded the workshop and it was pleasing to see such a large attendance. The main conclusions were that WRO membership is now increasing and that funds are now in a more healthy state. The June edition of the World Render Outlook newsletter was well received and the WRO website was commended by many. It was felt that these communications are helpful tools to show that the WRO is active and participating on behalf of members. Other social media tools, such as Twitter, seem to be taking many renderers much more time to get used to!

It was also a very positive sign that two new members were adopted onto WRO Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP). Lucas Cypriano from Brasil and Shane Leath from New Zealand now join David Meeker (US) and Martin Alm (EU) as members of the SAP.

The speakers at the WRO workshop included Leo Den Hartog, director of research and development and quality affairs for Nutreco, who talked about sustainable ingredients in animal nutrition. Sean Zhou, Olymspan, China, discussed opportunities for renderers in China. Alexandra de Athayde, chief executive of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), completed the line up of speakers by telling us how IFIF worked, and how WRO could help IFIF to move towards sustainable feed and food for the world.

A discussion followed about how WRO could capture some of these interesting elements from the workshop.

China is showing a great deal of opportunity, and the need for input by WRO particularly, from developed countries, is enormous. However, the opportunities are offset by the need for a significant time and financial commitment, so are WRO really in a position to help at the moment?  

The sustainability discussion touched on many individual strands, and this discussion also highlighted the need for WRO focus on manageable topics, rather than trying to embark on major projects that are outside the scope of the WRO presidency and membership. It was recognized that effectively WRO is made up of volunteers, so this needs to be considered when planning ahead. Nonetheless, the Presidency made a commitment to members to work on a development plan that would be workable within these constraints.

Prior to the EFPRA/WRO meeting, the author attended the OIE World Assembly in Paris. Delegates from 178 OIE member countries were joined by invited guests and observers. WRO attended as an observer, having a memorandum of cooperation with OIE. All sessions were chaired by either the President of OIE, Dr Karin Schwabenbauer. The Director General of OIE, Dr Bernard Vallet was also in attendance, throughout, together with individual chairs of the meeting sessions. 

There were several key issues that affected WRO. Firstly the fact that observers are only observers - i.e. they cannot speak at the OIE world assembly. This is unless you are invited to speak at the meeting itself. Hopefully, WRO may get its chance in 2015. However, the status of observers emphasizes a point made previously to members; i.e. each WRO member must forge a link to their OIE (Country) delegate if they need to get a topic raised officially at plenary OIE meetings. Trade was noted time and time again as a vital aspect of the world economy, so OIE conditions (diseases list/conditions etc) should not be so onerous that trade is unnecessarily limited or even prohibited. The difference between listed and non-listed diseases is that there is a need to notify OIE of the former, but not the latter. It does not mean that the listed diseases are more important than the unlisted. Emerging diseases are typically unlisted, and there are criteria to fulfil to get such diseases listed. By the same token, it is possible to ‘de-list’ existing  listed diseases if they are controlled or eradicated such that they do not meet the ‘listing’ criteria. One example is Schmallenberg virus (SBV). Should it be listed or not? The working group that considers such matters concluded that SBV did not meet the criteria for listing. 

Interestingly, an OIE member (Italy on behalf of EU 28) deplored the fact that some OIE members do not comply with OIE rules. They also ‘threatened’ to take ‘offenders’ to WTO. This is particularly interesting point, as these issues have been noted by WRO members in the past. 

In relation to animal disease, which should be of great importance to WRO members, the Scientific Commission for Animal Disease [SCAD], was introduced by chairman Gideon Bruckner (South Africa).

He highlighted that BSE risk evaluation is currently based on classical BSE, but atypical BSE should also be considered. As a result, an ad-hoc group will be convened to consider atypical BSE (as done with atypical scrapie). He also proposed an ad-hoc working group for PEDv (as an emerging disease, and WRO will be involved with this, possibly in conjunction with IFIF. It was noted that there is a ‘working group on wildlife’ (sub-committee) and this considers separate aspects in terms of animal disease risk) in domestic animals) from wild animal populations. There were several resolutions proposed and voted on. Most significant for WRO members was resolution number 18 ‘Recognition of BSE risk status of member Countries’. This resolution was approved by OIE delegates, and the current position of the BSE risk status of OIE members is shown HERE.

The Terrestrial Code Commission was chaired by its President, Alex Thiermann.  The link between animal production and food safety was emphasized, in that that OIE collaboration with the Codex Alimentarus is encouraged as much as possible. It was said that this cooperative work should develop increased harmonization based on risk and this in turn should assist international trade. It was also emphasized, more than once, that animal welfare must be considered as an essential element of food safety and security.

The Code Commission reported that there were 33 revised texts for adoption this year. Many of these changes are text changes but several proposals were interesting. For example, when considering the “glossary (to the Terrestrial Code) it was admitted that there was no consensus or agreement on the definition of  ‘veterinarian’!  Also, the definition of “stamped out” (meaning disease eradication) was not agreed either. However, as a footnote to the “stamped out’ discussion the Danish OIE delegate proposed that the process of “Rendering” should  be added to the other techniques (burial, burning) otherwise used in disease eradication. Well,   at least ‘Rendering’ was mentioned in a positive way, and that is the perfect end for this particular column!

By Stephen Woodgate, WRO President

 

Footnote: The next WRO meeting on October 22nd will be held in conjunction with the 81st NRA Convention in Rancho Mirage, CA, USA. 

Please be there to continue the debate on the direction of the WRO!

 

Australian and New Zealand Renderers gather in Queenstown, New Zealand for a Mini Conference

Every two years the Australian Renderers Association (ARA) holds a Rendering Symposium at an Australian location. Recently, the New Zealand Renderers Group (NZRG) has begun hosting a joint meeting of the executives from the two bodies in alternate years. This year the New Zealand event was held in Queenstown, in New Zealand’s scenic South Island. The event was a mini conference open to all members from both organisations. Almost 100 attended.

The location was spectacular and getting there was easy: direct flights land from four Australian state capitals and there are numerous connections from New Zealand cities.

Newcomers to Queenstown were easy to spot. They had a “wow!!” expression on their faces. Organised events kicked off with an evening trip across Lake Wakatipu in the vintage steamer Earnslaw to visit Walter Peak, a high country sheep and cattle station. A magnificent dinner, accompanied by a selection of local wines, set the tenor for what was to follow. 

The programme for the event was useful, informative and educational. Regulatory aspects shared time with innovation, research, training and education, a dose of reminiscing and of course a good deal of discussion about the future. (Credit for creating the programme goes to Kevin Cresswell of the NZRG, NZRG Chair Bruce Rountree and the NZRG Organising Committee, as well as Dennis King from the ARA and ARA Chair Andy Bennett.)

After independent NZRG and ARA meetings early on Friday morning, both groups combined for the formal welcome by the respective Chairs, then heard a WRO update delivered by First Vice President of the WRO, Tim Juzefowicz, then an update on FPRF activities by FPRF Director Graham Shortland.

Next, Frank Dupps Jnr from the Dupps Company (USA) delivered his keynote speech: “Trends and Challenges in US Rendering”. There are many similarities to the issues we face in this part of the world, though inevitably there are also significant differences. This was an extremely valuable presentation in offering us the opportunity both to appreciate our common experiences and to contemplate the contrasts between our parts of the world.

Our next two speakers represented the regulators from New Zealand and Australia and spoke about very recent topical issues. New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries Director of Animal and Animal Products, Matthew Stone titled his presentation, “Learning from Recent Food Safety Incidents”. No particular incidents involved rendered products but it was encouraging to see how our regulator has responded to recent issues in China, allocating resources both to minimize the likelihood of such events being repeated, and also to assist exporters in this difficult market.

Linda Hayden of the Australian Department of Agriculture spoke about “The Trials and Tribulations of Restoring Market Access”. Linda and the teams she has worked with in recent years have established protocols that enable a rapid return to markets following a variety of problems. The key is to have appropriately skilled personnel available around the clock, prepared to travel immediately to international hot spots. 

Darren Harpur of Aduro BioPolymers spoke of the development of “Plastics from Meals” and how this project  was progressing. There are promising opportunities here but commercial application is still some time ahead.

Dr. Mark Booth of the New South Wales  Department of Primary Industries then gave us an Aquaculture update. There seems to be an opportunity for renderers to supplant some fish meal with meat and bone meal in the diets of some aquaculture species in the near future. Being near Asia will do us no harm but we must learn to produce consistent meals with a low ash content.

Tissa Fernando, who recently retired from Haarslev after their purchase of Flo Dry Engineering from him two years ago, regaled us with some early memories from his time developing the Low Temperature Rendering System while at the NZ Meat Research Institute about 35 years ago. Energy efficiency and quality of end products from mixed raw materials were the drivers of the MIRINZ MLTR system that has become the standard in this part of the world. These same concerns - energy efficiency and product quality - remain key process drivers today.

Professor John Nacey took the opportunity to illustrate how important it was to establish a regular testing regime for prostate cancer. With a predominantly male audience in the ‘at risk’ age range, this was a novel but valuable reminder to the attendees.

The respective Chairs for the two countries then gave an update on recent activities within each country before some discussion on joint initiatives for the future. In closing the conference there was unanimous resolve to repeat the event in two years’ at the same location. 

At the final dinner a presentation was made to Tissa Fernando for his contribution to the Industry over many years, the organisers thanked the usual industry sponsors whose generous contributions made this mini conference such a success, and singled out Frank Dupps Jnr to thank him for travelling so far and giving of his time so generously.

Queenstown was a popular destination. We look forward to hosting even more participants in two years.

 By Alan von Tunzelman

Argentina Hosts First Rendering Congress - WRO Report

    There is always an incentive that leads one to take action. If you are reading Render magazine, it is not a random situation. If you are reading this article, you are expressing interest in the rendering industry, or more specifically, on what the World Renderers Organization (WRO) wants to communicate. In any case, welcome.

    This article describes the first step of a new directive WRO is taking after being accepted last October during the National Renderers Association (NRA) convention in Naples, FL. There is much going on that most individuals probably never thought as important in the global rendering industry. 

    In early December 2013, the very first congress on Argentinian animal by-products was held at the beautiful venue of Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The congress was organized by Argentina’s Chamber of Livestock Sub-products from Buenos Aires, whose president is Jorge Rossotti.

    Surrounded by a leading group of renderers from Argentina, Rossotti and Evelino Roman, general manager of the chamber, led an excellent congress where individuals from government, equipment manufacturers, and service solutions for the industry along with nutritionists and renderers had the opportunity to reflect upon the best ways to form relationships for long-term collaboration. I received an invitation to participate in the congress as a representative of WRO, and gave a presentation providing insight of the organization entitled, “WRO as a global coordinator for strengthening the rendering industry worldwide.” 

    The presentation provided a general view of the domain of action where WRO exists, its vision, mission, and collaboration agreements with other organizations that have presence in the establishment and enforcement of rules to maintain a safe food and feed chain. Some of those organizations include the World Organization for Animal Health, World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, International Feed Industry Federation, Global Aquaculture Alliance, and CODEX Alimentarius, brought forth by WHO and FAO.

    To much surprise, most of the participants in the congress were not aware of the existence of WRO. It was through the presentation that listeners began to understand the necessity to be part of the group, collaborating as renderers with their country association and enabling them to support WRO.

    Other participants recognized the necessity to have representation on global forums. For members of the animal health and environmental control of Argentina´s government, the fact of having their local industry in connection with a global rendering coordinator opened a positive perception on the efforts local renderers are doing to maintain their industry in the frontier of knowledge and best manufacturing practices. 

    A group of lawmakers also attended the congress, explaining how laws on environmental care of air and water quality were established in Argentina and how renderers must cope with them. For the lawmakers, it was valuable to know that WRO can serve as a reference when new concerns arise and new legislations are designed for renderers in Latin American countries. At the end of the conference, there was opportunity to comment that coherence between science and legislation was fundamental. 

    Another group concerned with global practices was traders, whose interest was to obtain information on restrictions to move rendered products between countries in Latin America and the rest of the world. This is another area where WRO can provide assistance to member countries in having at-hand enough information to facilitate commerce of rendered products.

    Something that attracted the attention of renderers and authorities was a presentation given by Dr. Romanella Giannitti, a woman in charge of her family rendering business, who spoke about the environmental damages possible during one day without a rendering plant. Volumes expressed were around 200 metric tons per day of raw material, enough to make everyone reflect on the importance each operation has on a daily basis for the welfare of the environment.

    Now, why is all this important to share with you? As we all know, the world is changing fast enough to make industries obsolete. Yet sometimes the efforts renderers are making to remain viable and successful within this changing market goes unnoticed. The Argentinian chamber that organized this first congress was founded 90 years ago! Yes, 90 years ago! This is the first time the organization has gotten together to organize a congress.

    Again, this was not a random situation. Renderers in Argentina are concerned about how to bring themselves onto an international stage and demonstrate their existence and capabilities. At the past three NRA conferences in the United States, Argentinians Vicente and Roberto Materia as well as Diego Lopez and Jaime Sasson have attended with the intention to learn and introduce themselves to the global rendering community. Surprise again – Vicente and Roberto they have been in rendering for 50 years and are also producing soap and fatty acids that are sold in North America and Europe. Diego Lopez has a rendering integrated with shortenings manufacture since 40 years ago and Jaime Sasson has a rendering operation running since 50 years ago. All of them are  second generation of their family business, leading them into the future.

    There are many cases where Argentinian (?) renderers have evolved and adopted a vertical integration model, bringing value-added products to the market. In some cases, they are completely integrated with animal production, feed lots, slaughterhouses, rendering, and the manufacturing of shortenings. Argentina is the second largest producer of rendered products in Latin America following Brazil.

    During 2014, there will be a number of congresses held that WRO will attend and subsequently share with the readers of Render. The organization’s commitment for this year is to represent and communicate to the general public what the rendering industry does on a global level and why it remains the greenest industry, even today when there are other industries recycling and taking care of the environment. 

    I hope you enjoyed this article and take time to read some of the presentations shared by the Argentinian renderers at www.camsubprodganaderos.com.ar. It is possible WRO could make a similar impact for your country. Only learning more about other countries’ efforts can we enable a new future of possibilities for the global industry.

 By Fernando Mendizabal Fernandez, Second Vice President, WRO

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.