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FDA defers the proposed animal feed rule

Posted: 4/30/2014 | Views: 2449

FDA's proposed rule on spent brewer and distiller grains used in animal feed as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been postponed. The rule, as proposed, threatened to end the practice of feeding such grains to livestock. 

Under the rule, breweries would have been forced to dry, package, and inspect all food including spent grain used for cattle. But last week, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor told breweries, feed manufacturers and livestock producers: “That, of course, would not make common sense.”

In a post on FDA’s website, he said that provision would not be part of the rule. The agency said it would offer further clarification on the rule “later this summer,” including “more on the issue of how the requirements would apply to brewers. Several congressman had complained to FDA that the proposed rule was burdensome and an unnecessary regulation.

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