FDA hears proposals on brewery regulations

Medford, Ore. — The Food and Drug Administration is looking at tightening regulations on farm animal feed. Some of that feed comes from beer breweries.

Some say the proposed ruling could hurt local ranchers and brewers. The Huffington Post reported that it’s part of “The Food Safety Modernization Act,” and that it focuses mainly on brewers who give the left over remains of the beer grains to farmers for their animals. The FDA is saying the grains could be contaminated.

One local brewer says it would affect the way he does business.

“It’s a service for me…for the farmer to come and get it rather then me having to throw it in the trash…And the farmer loved getting it, because it’s food for his livestock,” said Nick Ellis from Opposition Brewing.

The FDA says the changes are needed to protect people and animals. If brewers are allowed to give away their grains, they will not be able to sell them, but rather donate them instead, (which is something Opposition Brewery says they already do).

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