Canada: new feed rules for biofuel grains proposed
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is inviting
public comments on the use of grains from ethanol production as livestock
"This Government [Canada] is continuously exploring new and innovative
possibilities for producers," said the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of
Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "We are
working closely with industry stakeholders to determine the best way to use fuel
ethanol distillers' grains as an effective, safe feed ingredient."
In Canada, the production of fuel ethanol from grain (biofuels) has
increased dramatically in recent years. Distillers' grains resulting from
production of alcoholic beverages are already an approved protein feed in
livestock rations. However, the manufacturing processes for fuel ethanol can
differ from those for potable alcohol. As a result, distillers' grains from the
production of fuel ethanol are not approved as a feed ingredient.
The CFIA has developed a draft policy with the input of all stakeholders
and is welcoming comments on this document until April 1, 2008.
It is expected that a final version of the policy document will be
published by the CFIA in the fall of 2008.
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