In France, SecAnim collects animal material from livestock farmers thanks to its 22 collection points distributed throughout France and its three processing plants in Plouvara (Brittany), Bayet (Auvergne Rhône Alpes) and Benet (Pays de la Loire).
Before 2009, the rendering market was managed by the French State, which decided on the contracts to be awarded. Today, the market is private and managed by seven livestock associations (also called ATMs), which survey all renderers every three years. Farmers cannot choose the rendering service provider and are obligated to use the selected renderer. This national call, which is valid for the next three years, is therefore a crucial moment for SecAnim in France. Obviously, some areas are more strategic than others, especially in regions with many livestock farmers. The challenge is not to get the most territories, but the right ones.
In 2021, the work of the teams has allowed SecAnim to maintain its leading position in the French market against its main competitor Akiolis.
The change in BSE risk status has transformed the SecAnim market in France
In May 2022, France’s bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk status has been recognized as negligible by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). In August 2022, the European Commission followed and, since then, has taken into account the new BSE status of France at the Union level.
Up until now, animal by-products of cattle from Category 1 were exclusively destined for the production of meal that can be used for energy purposes (heat, green electricity, biodiesel). This measure was introduced after the outbreak of BSE in the 1990s, which led to the exclusion from the food chain of any animal material that could pose a potential or proven risk of transmitting the disease.
Due to the absence of any new cases of BSE in France since 2016, the European Union decided to reclassify cattle aged 12 months or less as Category 2 material and move France from a so-called “controlled risk” area to a “negligible risk” area.
After the official announcement of this change, the SecAnim teams showed great responsiveness. Within 48 hours, all collection points in France were informed of this change and immediately modified the settings of their collection equipment and procedures.
From now on, the challenge is to compensate for this decrease in tonnage by controlling energy consumption and by improving recycling, especially of Category 2 materials. This will be done with the help of the R&D and sales teams as well as the sites.