At DAR PRO Ingredients, Solutions and Bio Energy, we take our commitment to integrity, safety and environmental stewardship seriously. Part of that commitment is abiding by all applicable regulations.
As a DAR PRO Ingredients customer, you can rest easy knowing the ingredients you use have been produced safely, efficiently and in full compliance with all environmental and government codes – and that the raw materials we use are collected and processed in accordance with the latest legislation. When you purchase a DAR PRO Ingredients' branded product, you can have confidence knowing it was produced with an unparalleled approach to quality assurance and biosecurity – a commitment that supports our success in producing consistent, quality products.
The implementation of prevention-based programs as defined by the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety model provides for contaminant-free products that are safe to use. Plant personnel at each of our facilities monitor the control points and compliance to critical limits, verified by audits conducted by Plant Management and the Directors of Quality Assurance and Feed Safety Programs. HACCP training is included in the pre-employment training of new employees. Current employees are also required to receive annual HACCP awareness training.
Our suppliers are intensively evaluated prior to a purchase of raw materials to ensure the safety and integrity of materials entering the product stream. Only materials from approved suppliers are used for processing at our plants. Raw materials are inspected during unloading for any physical or chemical contamination. Records are maintained to trace materials through the production process to customer receipt for a transparent supply chain at all times. Samples from all rendered fat production runs and incoming shipments are routinely tested using gas chromatography for the presence of chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides and PCBs.
Many of our production operations are secured facilities with perimeter fencing, restricted-access entrances and exits and video monitoring that ensure product safety and security. Visitors are allowed to enter company property and production plants by appointment only and are accompanied by management personnel at all times.
DAR PRO Solutions' branded ingredients are produced using Good Manufacturing Practices in compliance with all applicable provisions of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations. These agencies routinely audit each plant facility to monitor compliance. All operations are in compliance with the FDA's Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) prevention regulations as defined under 21 CFR §§ 589.2000 and 589.2001. All products also comply with the requirements of the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
All our finished feed grade fats, tallows and animal protein meals undergo extensive testing to comply with standards set by the following organizations:
- Animal Protein Producerd Institute (APPI) - Code of Practice feed safety program
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Ruminant Feed Ban
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration pesticide tolerances (40 CFR part 80) and PCBs (21 CFR § 109.30).
- American Oil Chemist Society (AOCS)
- Association of Analytical Chemists (AAC)
- American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM)
- Animal Plant & Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Our quality assurance commitment to our DAR PRO Solutions brand of products is further demonstrated by the certification of all rendering operations through the Animal Protein Producers Industry (APPI) Code of Practice programs. APPI certification signifies all our production facilities for DAR PRO Solutions products have embraced feed-based safety programs, reduced food safety risks, and are actively participating in approved risk management programs. As always, you can be assured our commitment is to produce quality products backed by an unparalleled approach to quality assurance and biosecurity.