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Brazilian Animal RenderingA SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE ACTIVITY

 

Animal Rendering is the activity of processing the inedible parts of slaughtered animals, transforming them into fats and meat meals of animal origin. Today, Brazil is one of the world’s four largest producers of these products. Brazilian Animal Rendering industries are divided into two groups, one associated with the slaughterhouses – also known as rendering plants –and the other made up of independent industries, that is: those that are not connected to slaughterhouses and abattoirs.

In 2010, there was a total of 512 of these industries in Brazil, of which 343 were rendering plants and 169 were independent industries. These numbers refer to industries that are part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply’s Federal Inspection System (SIF). Source: Brazilian Association of Animal Rendering (ABRA).

With a GDP, in 2010, of BRL 5.81 billion and a widespread distribution network, the Brazilian Animal Rendering Industry removes about 12 million tonnes of byproducts of animal origin from the environment every year. If this material were not recycled, it would represent a huge sanitary and environmental risk. However by using modern technologies, it can be cleanly and safely recycled into fats, calcium, phosphorus and proteins, making a decisive contribution to the sustainability of the Meat Product Production Chain.

If the animal waste product recycling industry did not exist in Brazil, it would render the entire industrial meat production chain infeasible. In 2010, abattoirs, slaughterhouses and butchers produced 65 kg of animal waste products that were not fit for human consumption, per Brazilian.

Meat meals of animal origin yield vital products for a range of industries, including Hygiene and Cleaning, and Petrochemicals, making them important tools for lowering the costs of animal foods.


Source: E. C. Directive 2009/30 of April 23, 2009
Source: Brazilian Association of Animal Rendering (ABRA)

Animal Rendering is one of the few industries that absorb greenhouse gases, thus contributing to a reduction in the carbon footprint of Brazilian livestock. Furthermore, according to European Community Directive 30/2009, recycled animal fat is the energy source that emits the lowest amount of greenhouse gases per megajoule of stored energy.