FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael R. Taylor addressed concerns posed by individual breweries, members of Congress, and trade groups.
The concern or controversy centers on the potential regulation of spent grains that have traditionally been given to ranchers or farmers as feed for their cattle. Industry representatives expressed concern that industry oversight would eliminate this practice and instead insert costly food safety programs and regulations. This would require compliance with human food regulations, and animal feed regulations as well - without adding value.
Taylor noted, "We agree with those in industry and the sustainability community that the recycling of human food by-products to animal feed contributes substantially to the efficiency and sustainability of our food system and is thus a good thing. We have no intention to discourage or disrupt it. We also believe the potential for any animal safety hazard to result from this practice is minimal, provided the food manufacturer takes common sense steps to minimize the possibility of glass, motor oil or other similar hazards being inadvertently introduced, such as if scraps for animal feed were held in the same dumpster used for floor sweepings and industrial waste."
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