FDA Proposes Burdensome, Costly, Unnecessary Rules For Beer Makers
Why would they do this? In Government World, why not? They have nothing better to do
(Fox News) Beer brewers are objecting to a proposed federal rule that would make it harder for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed instead of throwing them away.
The Food and Drug Administration rule change would mean brewers would have to meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers, imposing new sanitary handling procedures, record keeping and other food safety processes on brewers.
Beer makers complain that the new rules, if adopted, would force them to dump millions of tons of “spent grains,” which are left over after barley, wheat and other grains are steeped in hot water.
Bear Republic brewmaster Rich Norgrove says the rules would be costly and force brewers to dump the grains, instead of the more sustainable practice of feeding them to livestock.
It’s mission creep, and rule making for the sake of rule making. The FDA states this is part of modernizing the food safety system, and they’re concerned about foodborne illness in animals and people
Chris Thorne of the Beer Institute said he believes once the FDA has all of the information, it will see the benefits of the current system of recycling the old grain.
“This regulation is onerous and expensive, but really it’s just unnecessary. There has never been a single reported negative incidence with spent grain,” Thorne said in a statement.
Unfortunately, Chris, it matters little whether anything has ever happened, and that the regulation would be unnecessary: how often do federal agencies announce regulations and not implement them, regardless of what they hear during the comment period? This will have a negative impact on beer brewers, particularly small ones. And it will be a difficult balancing act between eating the extra costs and passing the costs on to consumers. All because the FDA wants to Do Something about an imaginary issue.