A U.S. Food Administration (FDA) proposal that would require distillers grains to be dried and packaged to ensure product safety will be reviewed, the agency assured dairy and brewery industry representatives.

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) asked FDA to rewrite a draft livestock feed regulation, saying the agency went beyond the intent of Congress by seeking to impose requirements that will not make animal feed safer. NMPF joined the Beer Institute and the American Malting Barley Association in requesting FDA use the existing authority in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to exempt animal feed products made during the production of alcoholic beverages.

Among other things, NMPF said the draft regulation incorrectly incorrectly establishes manufacturing standards that equate animal feed and human food. The proposed regulation also unnecessarily regulates by-products from brewing when they are used in animal feed, even though there is no public health risk associated with these products. 

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