The Australian Renderers Association (ARA) is the national body
within Australia which represents the interests of producers and
traders of rendered animal products at the State and Federal
Government levels and any forum where there is a need for the
industry to be represented. Whilst it does not become involved in
commercial issues it nevertheless facilitates trade in rendered
products domestically and internationally.
The ARA started as the Australian Meat & Bone Meal Shippers
and Producers Association in 1976 however the name was changed in
1989 to its existing title - a name then more descriptive of the
Association and its role. This coincided with the emergence of the
BSE problem in the United Kingdom and strong proactive decisions
were taken by the ARA to introduce Accreditation Workshops for the
Hygienic Production of Rendered Products to train plant personnel
and also the development of a Code of Practice for Hygienic
Rendering of Animal Products.
To increase education in the industry, the first International
Symposium was held in August 1991 and symposia have been held
bi-annually since. As a flow on from the establishment of the Code
of Practice, the ARA today accredits rendering establishments as
complying with the Code. Australia has been awarded by the OIE the
lowest possible risk category for the chance of BSE occurring in
our national herd.
Australia has been awarded by the OIE the lowest possible risk
category for the chance of BSE occurring in our national herd.
Australia leads the way internationally in hygienic rendering
practices. Australia has developed and implemented, with assistance
of the ARA, an Australian Standard for Hygienic Rendering of Animal
Products - AS 5008. The standard utilises HACCP (Hazard Analysis
Critical Control Point) protocols to develop hygienic rendering
Plants wishing to be accredited by the ARA must comply with the
ARA Code of Practice for Hygienic Rendering which require
compliance levels above and beyond the requirements of the
Australian Standard and accredited plants are independently audited
to ensure they comply with the requirements of the Code of
The ARA has signed a Letter of Exchange (LoE) with the
Australian Department of Agriculture which requires the Association
to implement and manage an independent third party audit system to
ensure compliance by rendering establishments with the Australian
Standard - AS5008 and any importing country requirements that the
plant may wish to export to.
The ARA and AUS-MEAT Limited have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) that appoints AUS-MEAT Limited as that third
party independent audit provider under the LoE with the Department
of Agriculture. AUS-MEAT Limited approved auditors are the only
auditors authorised to conduct audits from which recommendations
are provided to the Department of Agriculture for export listing
for countries with specific export requirements over and above
compliance with the Australian Standard.
Similarly, plants recycling fats and oils that wish to be
accredited by the ARA must comply with the National Standard for
Recycling of Used Cooking Fats and Oils intended for Animal Feeds
and are audited under the same MoU.
Purchasing from accredited suppliers will ensure buyers they are
receiving products processed to exacting hygienic conditions and
where required will meet specific importing country
Copies of the ARA Codes of Practice are available from the
Please go to our Accreditation Search
page for a list of ARA Accredited enterprises.
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