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Mar 29, 2014 09:37 PM

Small brewers and farmers may be hurt by new FDA rule

Essentially, the FDA wants to make sure spent grain from the brewing process is safe for animal consumption, but my tinfoil hat tells me it's to boost sales for commercial ag feed.

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    FDA Moves to Keep Foods Safe for Animals
    "For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing preventive measures to protect all animal foods from disease-causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants.
    This includes the food that pet owners give their dogs, cats and other companion animals, and the feed that farmers give their livestock."

    As best I can tell, the FDA believes that breweries that process and sell spent grains as animal feed have to comply with the rules applicable to other animal feed processors. In particular they must has a 'written food safety plan'.

    The Agency proposes to require that the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a facility have and implement a written food safety plan that includes as applicable:
    A hazard analysis;
    Preventive controls;
    Monitoring procedures;
    Corrective Action procedures;
    Verification procedures; and
    A recall plan.

    'brewers' are mentioned in one paragraph, which discusses whether or not they would be except from this general requirement. There's no action specifically aimed at them.

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    1. re: paulj

      It's not surprising to think they were just caught up in the net, so to speak, rather than targeted. Still, I hope they fix this. Otherwise not only will farmers be cut off from a feed source, brewers will have to find another way of disposing of their leftovers.

      Then again, if the brewers and farmers are in the same state I'm fairly certain the FDA doesn't have authority anyway. It's strange to think so, but as with bottled water, as long as the goods aren't crossing state lines FDA authority may not exist at all.