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Storm Of Criticism Over FDA’s “Spent Grain” Rule Misses The Mark

August 10, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A University of Maryland law professor believes all of the recent criticism of the FDA for a proposed rule governing the use of brewers’ spent grain as animal feed was a typical anti-bureaucracy tempest in a teapot. Breweries have long donated or sold the leftover, or spent, grain to farmers to feed livestock. Washington legislators, especially from brewery-rich Maine, complained bitterly that the FDA’s tightened rules were typical bureaucratic meddling that would make the practice prohibitively expensive. Rena Steinzor, however, said a close reading of the proposed rule finds that it was only written to ensure that dangerous pathogens do not find their way into the livestock feed supply.
Rena Steinzor, "The story chastising bureaucrats for making it hard for breweries to recycle used grain for animal feed fit a formula, not the facts.", Portland (Maine) Press Herald, August 10, 2014, © MaineToday Media, Inc.
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