A firm in Delaware is seeking a permit from local government to build a facility that recycles “poultry processing wastewater sludge” into a pet food ingredient. Protecting the environment – at the expense of our pets.
Green Recovery Technologies states they create “solutions that will leave our earth in better shape”. The company has applied to Delaware government for permit to build a poultry industry sludge processing plant. What is poultry industry sludge?
The poultry processing industry produces a great deal of wastewater. Sparing you some of the details (Click Here and Here to read more), during the poultry slaughter process bird carcasses are rinsed numerous times. Some blood, some internal organs, some feces end up in that water – but mostly it is just dirty, nasty water.
The firms processing the poultry have to dispose of this wastewater – it is an expense. So Green Recovery Technologies has a plan for the poultry processing plants in Delaware…this company is hoping to process the wastewater – along with the aid of “a toxic chemical solvent, dimethyl ether” to “extract proteins and fats for the pet food industry”.
Bloomberg Businessweek provides the following overview of Green Recovery Technologies LLC “Green Recovery Technologies LLC develops a technology solution that separates dissolved air floatation (DAF) waste from food processing for creating reusable by-products, proteins, lipids, and water. The company primarily focuses on animal processing wastewater. It collects DAF and other related industrial waste materials; and transports them to a waste processing facility to separate the solid waste from the water for placing back water into the normal water disposal system.”
From the permit submitted to the State of Delaware “Green Recovery Technologies is seeking a Coastal Zone Act permit under the Delaware Coastal Zone Act (7 Del Code, Ch. 70) to construct and operate a facility in the Riveredge Industrial Park, New Castle, that separates proteins and lipids from poultry processing wastewater “sludge” for use in the pet food industry.”
From a TriplePundit.com article, poultry producer Tyson Foods is under criminal investigation for alleged wastewater discharge into Missouri Clear Creek in May of 2014. The poultry sludge wastewater caused a “massive fish-kill”. This wastewater “apparently contained large amounts of the feed supplement Alimet. The supplement is used to help chickens absorb protein more readily from feed. However, the high doses of Alimet, which Tyson’s Monett plant says it was not aware was in the discharge, caused the city’s wastewater plant to release large amounts of ammonia into the water system. The ammonia has been credited with killing more than 100,000 fish in a four-mile stretch of the river.”
The AAFCO Official Publication provides the following: “Sludge: The suspended or dissolved solid matter resulting from the processing of animal or plant tissue for human food. Waste Water Sludge: The sanitary sewer water and suspended or dissolved solid matter resulting from the processing of animal or plant tissues for human food.” By AAFCO already having a definition of Sludge and Waste Water Sludge – we can safely assume it has been used in pet foods for years. This definition is provided under the category of “Fats and Oils” in the AAFCO Official Publication; the most likely pet food ingredients poultry sludge would be used in are ‘Animal Fat’, ‘Poultry Fat’, and ‘Chicken Fat’.
Industrial wastewater is an environmental problem. However, pet food should NOT be the dumping ground for the industrial sludge.
By the way…No…the pet food consumer would not be informed if the animal fat, poultry fat, or chicken fat would be sourced from poultry sludge.
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