Feds to ban free feed?

nkasoff

Hatching
10 Years
Apr 19, 2009
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Those of you who live near microbreweries may already know that they are a great source for free feed. My local brewpub has "spent grain" several times a week. They put it in trash cans, and a cattle farmer picks it up by the truckload. But until he gets there, I'm free to score some for my birds. They LOVE the stuff, and it's good nutritious feed.

Well, the FDA has decided that the federal government can't allow this without regulation. And the regulations they're proposing would make it cost prohibitive for small brewers to donate their grain anymore. Instead, they'd have to throw it away, sending mountains of good feed to the garbage dump, and being lousy for the environment as well.

I've put a petition on change.org asking them to keep their hands off of brewery grain. To sign it, please go here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/pre...nd-fda-hands-off-using-brewery-grain-for-feed

Or short link

http://chn.ge/1hpBmTm
 

Punkstermom

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 10, 2014
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Iowa
Signed! Thanks for sharing! And I am a new homesteader and hadn't thought about our local small breweries!!!! But I am going to look into that! How are you storing yours? Does it store very long without molding? I know a few small breweries around that may be willing to let me pick up.
 

tantricdragon13

Songster
7 Years
Mar 26, 2014
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Nashville
Wow! They just have to stick their noses into everything, don't they? What does it matter if the breweries give away what is essentially waste (to them)? My mind is literally boggling over the FDA feeling the need to regulate this. I can't wrap my head around it.

Petition: Signed.


Signed! Thanks for sharing! And I am a new homesteader and hadn't thought about our local small breweries!!!! But I am going to look into that! How are you storing yours? Does it store very long without molding? I know a few small breweries around that may be willing to let me pick up.

Punkstermom, I know a lot of people freeze it. I homebrew and just got our chickens a few weeks ago. From here on out, we plan to freeze 1 gal bags of the spent grain and thaw it out as needed. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing the grain go to a good use. Previously I'd use it for granola bars and bread, but that didn't use enough of it. We still threw out 10's of pounds of the stuff every time we brewed!
 

Punkstermom

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 10, 2014
39
3
31
Iowa
Wow! They just have to stick their noses into everything, don't they? What does it matter if the breweries give away what is essentially waste (to them)? My mind is literally boggling over the FDA feeling the need to regulate this. I can't wrap my head around it.

Petition: Signed.



Punkstermom, I know a lot of people freeze it. I homebrew and just got our chickens a few weeks ago. From here on out, we plan to freeze 1 gal bags of the spent grain and thaw it out as needed. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing the grain go to a good use. Previously I'd use it for granola bars and bread, but that didn't use enough of it. We still threw out 10's of pounds of the stuff every time we brewed!


Thanks so much! I absolutely have the freezer room for it! Luckily in addition the the freezer room I already had the new farm we just bought had a HUGE freezer in the basement as well. Not to sound creepy but you could literally fit 6 adults in it LOL Yes I peeked in it quickly when we bought the place haha no bodies luckily :lau
 

tantricdragon13

Songster
7 Years
Mar 26, 2014
168
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146
Nashville
Thanks so much! I absolutely have the freezer room for it! Luckily in addition the the freezer room I already had the new farm we just bought had a HUGE freezer in the basement as well. Not to sound creepy but you could literally fit 6 adults in it LOL Yes I peeked in it quickly when we bought the place haha no bodies luckily
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Hahaha! Reminds me of a scene in "Analyze This" when De Niro refers to a car trunk as being "a 2 body trunk". Cracked me up. Now my family and I always refer to trunk size by bodies. lol
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
13 Years
Feb 2, 2009
28,642
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Southeast Louisiana
Could you please give a link to the document that this is about? What regulation change are you talking about?

I like to see the original. document so I can see the definitions and exemptions. I find most of these things fall in the category of a post on here where we were supposed to oppose a law that was going to take away backyard chickens. When I finally got hold of the actual document it specifically said it had nothing to do with poultry, just beef. And unless you were a major player in the interstate or international beef market, you were exempt.


I'm certainly not handing out my personal information like my address unless I know what I'm doing. That just marks me for someone that can be taken advantage of.
 

LPeaslee

Chirping
5 Years
Feb 9, 2014
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Utah
I don't think would apply, unless the Brewers are marketing their waste as feed, or you are raising chicken for commercial purposes.
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
13 Years
Feb 2, 2009
28,642
24,738
927
Southeast Louisiana
Thank you. It looks like it is still up in the air as to how much animal feed the facility must sell in a year to come under these proposed regulations. They appear to have put in $500,000 a year in average annual sales as a starting point in the discussions for that threshold. The implication is that if your annual sales are under whatever that threshold is, this does not apply to you. Really small businesses are exempt. If they give it away instead of selling it, they are probably exempt. I doubt they are just giving it away though and if they are selling a certain amount they have to comply.

It looks like they got the greater than and less than signs mixed up. Otherwise that threshold makes no sense. These things exempt small businesses and only apply to the big boys.

If this applies, the business has to have a food safety plan. I copied that section below, but to summarize, they would have to identify how that food could become dangerous to the animals and come up with a plan to minimize the risks of the food becoming dangerous to the animals.

What part of that is objectionable to you? Should they not handle that spent grain in a way that it doesn’t become dangerous to your animals? It doesn’t say they have to change what they are doing if what they are doing is safe. There probably would be some recordkeeping requirements they don’t have now. It’s quite possible one the risks identified is strangers digging through those barrels before the farmer shows up. That may mean they can’t give it to you but maybe they can work that out. You may just have to log in that you took some. I don’t know how they might handle that.

That document is open to public comment. Instead of just say I’m against it, how about letting your congressman and senators know what part is objectionable to you and how you would propose to change it. That’s the way the system is supposed to work. I’ve seen other proposals like this changed because of public comment. That monetary threshold thing looks wide open right now and is real subject to change.

Each facility would be required to prepare and implement a written food safety plan, which would include the following:

A Hazard analysis that would identify and evaluate known or reasonably foreseeable hazards for each type of animal food manufactured, processed, packed, or held at the facility.

Preventive controls, which would be identified and implemented to provide assurances that hazards that are reasonably likely to occur would be significantly minimized or prevented. These preventive controls would need to be appropriate for the facility and the animal food being produced, and could address, for example, animal food processing, prevention of cross-contamination, and sanitation affecting animal food safety. A recall plan for animal food for which there are hazards that are reasonably likely to occur would be required. It is unlikely that all possible prevention measures and verification procedures would be applied to all animal foods at all facilities. FDA believes a supplier approval and verification program is a risk-based and appropriate control to significantly minimize or prevent hazards from raw materials and ingredients that is consistent with current scientific understanding of food safety practices. Although it is not included in the proposed requirements, it is discussed in the preamble and FDA is seeking comment on such a program.

Monitoring procedures that would provide assurance that preventive controls are consistently performed and records to document the monitoring.

Corrective actions that would be used if preventive controls are not properly implemented. Facilities would be required to correct problems and minimize the likelihood of reoccurrence, evaluate the animal food for safety, and prevent affected animal food from entering commerce. If specific corrective action procedures were not established for the problem, or if a preventive control is found to be ineffective, the facility would also be required to re-evaluate the food safety plan to determine if modifications are needed.

Verification activities to ensure that preventive controls are consistently implemented and are effective. Verification activities might include records review of monitoring, correction actions, or instrument calibration. Preventive controls would also be required to be validated to ensure they are effective in controlling the hazard. In addition, the food safety plan must be reassessed at least every three years and otherwise when necessary. FDA recognizes that product and environmental testing programs are scienceâ€ï¿½based verification activities that are commonly accepted in many sectors of the food industry. Although they are not included in the proposed requirements, they are discussed in the preamble and FDA is seeking comment on these programs. FDA also is asking for comments regarding review of customer and other complaints as part of verification.

Recordkeeping: Firms would be required to keep a written food safety plan, including the hazard analysis. They would also be required to keep records of preventive controls, monitoring, corrective action, and verification procedures.
 

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