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Research

The U.S. rendering industry is guided by science and conducts extensive research on the use of animal by-products, biofuels, and the sustainability of the rendering process.

Fats and Proteins Research Council (FPRF)

Most of this research is conducted by NRA’s sister organization, the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation. Since its founding in 1962, FPRF has completed more than 650 research projects. FPRF’s research has documented the continued improvement in the quality,s afety, and sustainability of rendered products.

Biofuels research has been a part of FPRF’s research goals since the 1990s. The rendering industry has had significant success using rendered animal fats as burner fuel. FPRF’s research on the fuel’s burning characteristics and emissions convinced EPA to approve the use of substituting animal fats for No. 2 or No. 6 fuel oil or natural gas for steam production.

In 2005 FPRF funded and launched the Animal Co-Products Research and Education Center at Clemson University (ACREC) in Clemson South Carolina. For more information, click the link in the sidebar.