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TUCKER, Ga. – Discussions about sustainability, the life cycle of animal agriculture and environmentally-friendly biofuel will be featured during the International Rendering Symposium held in conjunction with the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2017, in Atlanta.

The two-day program, sponsored by the National Renderers Association and the US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), costs $200 to attend. The program and will be held from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, and from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 3. Symposium participants are also invited to a networking reception on Feb. 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


“The US and Canadian rendering industry collects and safely processes more than 56 billion lbs. of animal byproducts each year, converting these materials into fat and protein ingredients primarily used in animal feed, pet food and fuels,” according to a statement released by the IPPE show. “The rendering industry provides services for the safe collection of these materials and uses heat to dehydrate and separate the fat and solid materials before recycling them into new high-value ingredients.”


The two-day program will feature discussions on topics including Livestock and Climate Change; Rendering: Making Animal Agriculture Sustainable; From Cow to Shoe: The Symbiotic Relationship between Rendering and Leather Tanning; Used Cooking Oil: Why Does it Matter?; Innovations in Rendering; Rendered Ingredients from a Nutritional Standpoint; Quality Assurance in the Rendering Industry/FSMA Update; and Global Trade and the Sustainability of Sustainability.


IPPE, which is sponsored by USPOULTRY, the American Feed Industry Association and the North American Meat Institute, is a collaboration of three trade shows – International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo. 

For more information about the International Rendering Symposium, click here for Thursday’s program and here for Friday’s program. For more information about IPPE, go to www.ippexpo.org.