In this way spoke Marianela Rodríguez, directress of the company Gesuga, when taking part in the programme “Ecovoz” broadcast by Radio Voz Galicia.

In the course of her intervention, she remembered the crisis generated by BSE in which she framed the activity developed since then by Gesuga, entity in charge of the correct treatment of the by-products which must be retired from the food chain, obtaining fat meats which are handed to authorized agents for their destruction.

She explained that the company collects all kinds of animals, mainly from livestock farms, with no distinction among bovine, ovine, goats or horses, also including pets and dead animals from veterinary clinics as well as customs-seized food products.

She shows herself convinced that the quality seal constitutes the guarantee of the sustainable performance of a company, taking into account that it makes continuous improvement an obligation.

Cerceda, 31st May 2016.- In an interview given to Radio Voz, within the weekly programme of environmental contents Ecovoz, Marianela Rodríguez, directress of Gesuga, a company focused on the treatment of meat by-products not intended for human consumption, spoke about the beginnings of this company, that jumped to front pages as a consequence of the disease known as “mad cow disease” (bovine spongiform encefalopathy), marking a before and an after.

What it all is about, such as she explained, is “processing those by-products that must be retired from the food chain, guaranteeing that they will not go back to it”. In fact, she indicated that at present these materials cannot be commercialized for fodder, something prohibited by the current legislation.

The plant started to operate in 2005, then having a processing capacity of about 10 tons an hour, capacity which nowadays has been doubled reaching about 20 tons an hour.

She remembered that before the mad cow crisis, the treatment that these residues received was their burial at livestock farms. Now Gesuga collects them, making at the same time provision of them in slaughter houses cutting areas and, in general, food industries.

After the transformation process at the plant in Cerceda, from these by-products meat fats are obtained (about 50 tons a day), which are handed to authorized agents for their destruction. At present they are assigned to cement plants which use them as fuel.

In what respects meat fats (about 20 tons a day), these have two destinations: burning them to generate thermal energy (vapour) or send them to biodiesel authorized plants.


According to Gesuga’s directress’ opinion, all companies are aware of the need to protect the environment, where our lives develop. That is why much importance is given to the monitoring and control of industrial activity.

She shows herself convinced that the quality seal is a distinction which credits the companies image in and out of the country, identifying those aspects that may be made better: improving the service given to customers, fuel and energy saving, improving the working, personal and family conciliation situation of each worker, etc. “Everything that is controllable, can always be made better in the long term”, she pointed.

She explained that Gesuga collects all kinds of animals, mainly those from livestock farms, disregarding their being bovine, ovine, goat or horse. But its activity also includes the collection of pets from homes and veterinary clinics, even doing collections of food goods at Customs, goods which, due to diverse circumstances, are rejected in the case that any problem such as salmonella be detected. “We guarantee that all by-products are destroyed and eliminated in such a way that their incorporation to the food chain is prevented”.

In relation to the service cost, Marianela Rodríguez precised that the company charges for kilogram. “In the case of livestock farms the prices are already set; in the case of services provided to veterinary clinics or to an individual whose pet has died, everything will depend on the displacement to be effectuated and its urgency. If we can take advantage of routes, logically the service will be more affordable”. Any way, she clarified that the cost is “assumable by the citizen”.

Radio Voz, 31st May, 2016