Birko Rendering Products and FDA Regulation

April 29, 2011, Mark Swanson, Chief Executive Officer
Mark Swanson Chief Executive Officer

Many Birko rendering customers are challenged by the FDA’s safeguards against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States, including the combined financial strain of losing certain raw materials, adding equipment, and complying with the reporting requirements of the regulation. As a solution, our rendering products can help improve grade, in turn improving income from rendering operations.

Depending on the rendering system and set up used, Birko Genzolate 3T.M. may help marginal finished product meet the requirement that it be at or under 0.15% insoluble impurities. For renderers currently on the borderline of meeting this specification, we can help test the product.

Another part of the regulation requires that certain by-products of slaughter designated as SRM (Specified Risk Material) be identified by color so that they do not wind up mixed with product destined for feed. Our FD&C Blue Concentrate, a denaturant, is suitable for this purpose since the color is different from the colors generally used in meat plants for other identification purposes. See the Denaturants section of our products page.

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