The rendering industry deals with the collection and processing of animal by-products. Products not used in the meat, egg and milk industry are transformed into safe products such as meat meal, bone meal, blood meal, fish meal, animal fat.
The end uses of the products processed in the rendering industry are multiple: feed for farms, pet food, fish feed used in aquaculture, fertilisers and fuel in the energy sector.
FRAGOLA SPA IN THE RENDERING INDUSTRY
Fragola spa has been engaged in the rendering industry for 25 years, producing lines designed for grinding, sieving and cleaning meat and bone greaves for the production of excellent meat meal.
To meet the needs of the rendering market, Fragola has created a special line of mills: the MFC series hammer mills.
The grinding process for the production of meat meal poses many challenges, among which:
- The mechanical wear to which the machine is subjected and therefore the search for high-strength performing steels.
- The viscosity of the material which involves the careful study of the product flows and of the dirty air flows and filtering.
- The combustion hazard.
20 MILLION TONNES OF RENDERING PRODUCTS ARE PRODUCED EVERY YEAR IN EUROPE, LET’S FIND OUT THE DATA!
About 328 million heads of cattle, pigs, sheep and 6 billion heads in the poultry sector are slaughtered every year in Europe.
During slaughtering 34% of the mass of pigs, 42% of cattle and 25% of poultry is not used for human consumption and is therefore intended for the rendering industry.
This must be added to the 2.45 million tonnes of dead animals on the farms.
In total roughly 20 million tonnes of by-products are processed in the rendering industry, of which 5 million tonnes are considered high risk.
The regulations in the rendering industry are strict and classify each product into 3 categories.
From the 1st category which includes materials at risk, up to the 3rd category in which we find products suitable for human consumption at the time of slaughter, safe material with high nutritional values.
Let’s find out about the end uses:
The high risk category is intended for the production of energy in the form of solid fuel and liquid fuel, biodiesel.
Everything else, depending on its classification, is transformed into fertilisers, fish feed, animal feed, pet food, and also used in the chemical industry as fat in place of palm oil, and partly also in edible fat in the confectionery and frying industry.
The accumulation of waste in the meat industry could be a serious problem. For this reason, the rendering industry plays a role of primary importance also in terms of ecology, environmental protection and safety.
Thanks to its circular economy, it is a praiseworthy example of sustainability, also contributing to lowering the meat production costs.