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FDA revises animal feed safety rule

The Food and Drug Administration has revised a rule to allow farmers better access to spent grains from breweries and distilleries. In 2013, the FDA proposed a restrictive rule based on the Food Safety Modernization Act, which would have applied ...

The Food and Drug Administration has revised a rule to allow farmers better access to spent grains from breweries and distilleries.

In 2013, the FDA proposed a restrictive rule based on the Food Safety Modernization Act, which would have applied burdensome regulations to the distribution of spent grains for use as animal food. After receiving comments from stakeholders, the FDA announced it will changing its proposals and seeking public comment for 75 days.

"I am happy our calls to temper some of the onerous potential of FSMA have been heeded by the FDA," says Rept. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. "It's unfortunate it took this much effort to achieve a common sense correction, considering the rule in its original form would only encourage the growth of landfills, rather than the bellies of our livestock."

Cramer encourages North Dakotans to submit comments on the revised rule.

"FDA has said it will consider comments received on the original rule, as well as comments received on this revised version, before issuing a final rule in 2015," he says.

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