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Spent Grain Photo: Kelly Teague, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer calls on FDA to drop spent grain proposal

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) 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 today 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.

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Brewers have provided spent grain to dairy farmers for centuries, giving farms 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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