Westminster, CO -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/30/2014 -- Brewers may have previously thought their processes were exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations, but they are quickly learning that is not actually the case. Jennifer Brusco, TraceGains’ Marketing Specialist explained that although the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has jurisdiction over the brewing industry, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may get involved if there is a case of tainted batches of beer. Brusco noted in the current company blog, “To put it simply, under FSMA, alcohol is categorized as ‘food,’ which gives the FDA some jurisdiction over its regulations.”
“Many brewers, ranchers, and advocates challenge the concern the FDA is placing on spent grains, saying that the spent grains are not an issue and have not been for hundreds of years. They also point out that the costs associated with putting the proposed regulations in place would put further strain on the brewer (who is currently giving these grains away for free) and may lead to the grains being thrown away and further compounding the landfills, commented Brusco.
To read the entire blog, go to: http://www.tracegains.com/blog/breweries-not-exempt-from-fsma.
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