Oregon beer brewers are breathing a little easier after hearing that the Food and Drug Administration is backing away from requiring brewers to pretreat and package spent grains before they’re sold to local farmers, especially dairy operations. The cows really like the taste of spent grains and the brewery left-overs are good for them too.
Had the FDA not dropped a possible regulatory issue on the used grains, it would have cost brewers a lot of money, forcing beer prices to rise quite noticeably. The FDA was exploring whether beer brewers would be caught up in a renewed emphasis on food safety around farming operations by providing untreated and unpackaged feed.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.