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The rendering industry’s response to Covid-19

The rendering industry’s response to Covid-19

COVID-19 is affecting all people and businesses with many countries only keeping critical national infrastructure in operation. Rendering facilities remain open around the world because they provide an essential service. The industry is vital for a healthy and hygienic food supply chain as well as ensuring a wide range of diseases remain under control.

An essential part of the food supply chain 

The rendering industry provides an essential service by processing fallen stock from farms and a wide range of materials from the meat processing industry into useful by-products. If not managed properly this material could present a serious health and environmental risk so rendering is vital to ensure consumers have healthy animal products. During the current disruption caused by Covid-19, rendering has remained fully in operation as it is a critical part of the food supply chain. However, the rendering industry has faced challenges due to altered consumption habits and reduced demand and prices for animal by-products.

Controls disease; including Coronavirus

Precautionary disease control is an essential part of the rendering process. The methods described in annex IV of regulation 142/2011 are intended to kill even heat-resistant pathogens. All eradication conditions are above those for viruses such as Coronavirus. Moreover feed grade category 3 materials are safely sourced from healthy slaughtered animals only. In any case, according to the WHO and OIE there is no evidence that Covid-19 is transmitted via feed or food, the predominant mode of transmission is human-to-human.

All food grade material such as edible fats and greaves is extracted and processed under food safety conditions. That means that it is not only food grade material, but also undergoes a thermal treatment which would kill the virus.

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