Case Study

Accredited testing of animal by-products

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) requires that accredited laboratories are used when testing animal by-products. They have published a collection of guides for anyone working with animal by-products (ABPs), including how to process, transport, store and dispose of them.

If a business in involved in processing animal by-products (ABPs), such as animal carcasses or kitchen waste, it may need to test samples of your products to check they are safe to use. These businesses include:

  • ABP processing facilities (often known as a rendering plant)
  • composting or anaerobic digestate facilities
  • petfood factories
  • fertiliser factories
  • biodiesel plants
  • blood processors
  • milk processors

Further information is available on the DEFRA website.