November 9, 2018
Forty Australian beef processing plants suspended from supplying rendered meat and bone meal (mbm) to Indonesia are furiously working on applications for re-approval. North Queensland Register reported that in what appears to be quite an extreme move, Indonesia cut off all supply of the rendered product from Australia after an audit of two new plants in Australia seeking approval raised some concerns. The suspension has already flowed through to domestic pricing for mbm, which has dropped to USD 85/ton, or around 25%, in the past month. The main issue raised in the audits, completed in late August, was the lack of container packing facilities onsite, said the Australian Renderers Association. Indonesian authorities informed the Australian government the system was not adequate, and it was issuing and industry-wide suspension in response.