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At NRA’s recommendation, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health InspecƟon Service (APHIS) has asked Thailand for market access for MBM. New veterinary staff joined APHIS last year and in 2017 NRA will conƟnue educaƟng them about rendering, including providing plant tours. APHIS’s small ruminant rule, which would allow Canadian exports of ruminant small animal products into the United States, is in the final stages of approval at USDA. NRA has called on the agency to finalize this regulaƟon as soon as possible. However, it is on hold unƟl approved by officials of President Donald Trump’s new administraƟon. NRA supports ensuring product integrity throughout the export shipping process. To protect renderers’ brands and overseas markets, the associaƟon worked with APHIS last year to establish a new audit process. For exports to Indonesia, third-party exporters first must pass an APHIS inspecƟon and then renderers with whom they do business must sign and submit an approval form to APHIS each year. APHIS will only sign off on export cerƟficates for rendered products aŌer receiving these approvals. Keeping current markets open is just as important as opening new ones. Ill-advised legislaƟon introduced in the United Kingdom would greatly reduce demand for UCO imports from the United States. The rest of Europe could follow and adopt this legislaƟon as well, which would establish an indirect land use change (ILUC) measurement for UCO based on the erroneous belief that the oil is used extensively in feed. ILUC Continued on page 22 cooking oil (UCO) in Europe that is at risk from legislaƟve threats. NRA has overseas trade offices in Mexico City, Mexico, and Hong Kong, China, and a team of internaƟonal export consultants around the world. The associaƟon’s internaƟonal market development program is funded through membership dues as well as about $1.7 million in matching grants from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) each year. The first exports of US tallow recently arrived in China and customers were pleased with the product. AŌer lengthy effort, NRA successfully gained access last fall for US tallow into this 100,000 to 200,000 metric-ton-per-year market. NRA encourages more renderers to become registered to export tallow under China’s requirements. A shutdown of non-ruminant protein exports to China was avoided at the end of 2016 due to audits of US plants coordinated by NRA and conducted by China’s AdministraƟon of Quality Supervision, InspecƟon, and QuaranƟne (AQSIQ). NRA coordinated with AFIA and the Pet Food InsƟtute to arrange the AQSIQ trip. The audits had to be completed by a December 31 deadline to keep this important market open. Gaining entry into Mexico for US ruminant meat and bone meal (MBM) is a high priority in 2017. NRA believes these products should be eligible for export there since Mexico recognizes standards of the World OrganizaƟon for Animal Health (OIE). The United States is classified as negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy by the OIE and therefore should be able to export MBM to Mexico. NRA is currently encouraging approval of a new Mexican regulaƟon to allow these exports to occur. The Gold Standard in Antioxidants from Novus $#!(! )!"!"!" "&"!%" "' !!#!!##! " #!" '%'#!!" ) )#! '# "&"! $ " !#" $ !#!" Your Ally in Rendering "! "$#!# "&" "!""'# $#!!! !""$ ""#!$#!" % ! #" !! !!!!! !"! $#" !! ! # www.rendermagazine.com Render February 2017 21


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