U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall of Colorado on Thursday welcomed the Food and Drug Administration’s commitment to revising a proposed rule regarding the handling of spent grains, according to news releases from each of their offices.
The proposed rule would have made it harder and more expensive for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed, sparking concern from Colorado’s craft brewers, as well as frustration from livestock owners.
In a blog post Thursday, titled “Getting it right on spent grains,” Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food and veterinary medicine, said the FDA had no intention of disrupting or discouraging the recycling of spent grains as animal feed by imposing additional food safety standards.
“We understand how the language we used in our proposed rule could lead to the misperception that we are proposing to require human food manufacturers to establish separate animal feed safety plans and controls to cover their by-products, but it was never our intent to do so ... we will take the necessary steps to clarify our intent ... so there can be no confusion.”