Treatment of ABP's

Treatment of ABP's

​Animal by-products

Animal by-products (ABPs) may include entire animal bodies, parts of animals, products of animal origin and other products obtained from animals that may or may not, upon further processing be fit for human consumption, but that in their present state are not intended for such purpose. 

EU and national legislation establish that depending on their particular category, ABPs are handled for production, collection, transport, storage, use and disposal. ABPs are categorised into three specific categories which reflect the level of risk to public and animal health arising from those ABPs. Depending on their category, ABPs may be disposed of and/or used in various ways, including incineration, rendering, processing and subsequent authorised land-filling, composting, transformed into biogas, pet food, etc. 

The said legal framework establishes that all operations (including establishments, plants, equipment and vehicles) dealing with ABPs are approved by the national competent authority (in Malta, this is the Veterinary Regulations Directorate), and it is the responsibility of the Operators to obtain such approval. Operators are required to collect, identify and transport ABPs without undue delay under conditions which prevent risks arising to public and animal health as well as to ensure adequate traceability in accordance with the said regulations. Implicitly, the infrastructural works, materials, equipment and processes used/in use within the premises require approval as indicated. Without prejudice to the above, including any approval which may be required from the relevant competent authorities, it remains the responsibility of the premises’ operator to ensure that all the legal requirements emanating from the Veterinary Services Act and all other EU and Maltese laws and regulations are adhered to.

In the Public Abattoir, to date, all ABPs are collected in appositely lined containers to avoid any risk which may arise from the spilling of such material, and transported to the adjacent waste thermal treatment facility, where they are incinerated in line with EU regulations.