HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A proposed federal rule could make it harder for breweries to get rid of leftover grains.
The rule would make brewers meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers. Currently, many brewers give away or sell leftover grains to local farmers to use as feed or fertilizer.
The FDA said this new rule would enforce new sanitary handling procedures that would help prevent food-borne illness in both animals and people; however, Seth Barch, the general manager of Downtown Wine and Gourmet, said this will create additional costs and make it difficult for local, small breweries.
"There's a potential that either breweries will struggle and have a harder time getting off the ground, or that they will have to then pass on those cost to the consumer," said Barch.
The added costs could also mean leftover grain will just end up in landfills. The FDA is collecting feedback now through Monday.
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