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Schumer Calls on FDA to Drop Spent Grain Proposal

April 21, 2014

Sen. Charles Schumer will be at a western New York brewery to call on the federal government to drop a proposal that has the nation's craft beer brewers up in arms.

Schumer will be at the Rohrbach Brewing Co. brewery in Rochester on Monday to call on the Food and Drug Administration to ditch a proposal he says will make it too expensive for brewers to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.

Brewers have provided spent grain to dairy farmers for centuries, giving them a low-cost or free source of feed for their cows.

The FDA proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers. Such a classification would mean new requirements for brewers. They say that will drive up their costs and force them to raise beer prices.

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