Rendering plant staff describe meat meal production

Want to know what goes on inside an Australian rendering plant? Listen to what previous staff had to say…

Great interview on ABC news Australia this week. It’s fair to say this news company is ALL OVER the latest scandal from Mars Pet Food, this time with their magic Dermal Care food causing ME in dogs. ABC have lots of interviews on their site, simply search with the term “pet food”.

The following is a discussion with ABC and previous staff of the infamous Australian Tallows Producers set-up in Melbourne. They are one of the biggest rendering plants out there, taking waste from everywhere and selling to the pet food industry.

Having been in the industry and seen what goes on, I can see why people are alarmed…we have sheep heads come through. They have a new tag. They go into the pit. There would be plastic, I mean butchers would be getting rid of their material and they don’t care what they are putting in the bin, so it would be plastic, cans, all of those sort of things you would see….

A roller door goes up, a truck backs up, tips it in and tonnes of offal fall into the pit. It goes through an organ, it goes through a mincer. So it is ground up and crushed up and then goes through to the cooking process. So the ear tags with the heat effectively melt and then when it is going through the drying process effectively become a pin head.

The quantity that is going out is in containers, so 20-tonne containers and a lot of containers went out every day so it is a lot of product, a lot of containers, a lot of customers.

Dennis Pedretti, former Australian Tallows Producers worker, as reported on ABC

pre-rendered meat meal

This is the only meat your little meat eater is getting?! And don’t forget this is an Australian rendering plant. As pet food producers are not rewarded for the quality of the meal they use in their pet food (not by the consumer, obviously, nor the pet owner or vet stockist as you simply cannot tell from the label), the market dictates they will shop for the cheapest. With all the multinationals producing pet food in the likes of China, can you imagine what quality of animal and meat product goes into the mix, let alone the number of contaminants such as plastic and metal etc?!

ABC next spoke with Dennis King, bossman at the Australian renderer’s association. It went like this:

DENNIS KING, AUSTRALIAN RENDERERS ASSOCIATION: Look, everyone is doing their best the overcome it. No-one wants to have it there.

ANGELIQUE DONNELLAN OF ABC: What do you see in those photos?

DENNIS KING: I see little, hundreds of little pieces of ear tags or it could be blue gloves.

ANGELIQUE DONNELLAN OF ABC: Is the plastic doing harm to pets?

DENNIS KING: I don’t believe so, no

And we haven’t even got to the inclusion of dead dogs and cats yet. What?! Surely not. Surely yes.

If you buy cereal-based pet food product your pets are eating pure garbage… or worse.


What else makes the mix in rendering plants? Maybe check out our article “dogs eating dogs” for more.

Dr. Conor Brady

After a doctorate studying the effects of nutrition on the behaviour and gut morphology of animals, five years with Guide Dogs as a trainer and supervisor, some success on Dragons Den with the finest raw dog food company and the last few years both writing and speaking on canine nutrition and health, I can say with some confidence that the pet food and drug industry cares not a jot for the health of your pet.