This sucks. Dumb new proposed FDA rule has brewers in uproar

on 01/04/14 at 12:25 pm

Beer

imagesA proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers’ blood boiling.

Beer makers complain that the new rules, if adopted, would force them to dump millions of tons of “spent grains,” which are left over after barley, wheat and other grains are steeped in hot water.

The Food and Drug Administration rule change would mean brewers would have to meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers, imposing new sanitary handling procedures, record keeping and other food safety processes on brewers.

Bear Republic brewmaster Rich Norgrove says the rules would be costly and force brewers to dump the grains, instead of the more sustainable practice of feeding them to livestock.

The Northern California brewery sells its spent grain to local ranches, which use it as an affordable food source for about 300 head of cattle, according to The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ( http://bit.ly/1gHHTsd).

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