Profit in turning animal waste into proteins, company says

EU - More food makers could make an extra euro or two by converting their waste animal products into proteins under a new consulting programme launched by Alfa Laval.

The new programme could also help food makers meet the requirements laid down by the EU's animal by products (ABP) regulation, applicable since 1 May 2003.

Under the regulation food makers are required to adopt expensive disposal techniques.

The 2003 regulation prohibits the disposal of animal by-products to landfill. Instead they must be treated at an approved rendering, incinerator, biogas or composting plant. Under strict hygiene safeguards the law allows animal by- products to be reprocessed into animal feed or for making ingredients for the food or pharmaceutical industries.

Most of the materials are converted into low value animal feed products says Jette Kristensen, a manager at Alfa Laval's oil and protein technology unit. He says the Sweden-based company's technology and network can help food companies turn these wastes into higher-value components such as functional proteins, flavour ingredients and essential amino acids.

calendar icon 8 November 2005
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