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Author Topic: Biofuel co-products: do they have a place in petfoods?  (Read 5305 times)
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mal
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« on: September 28, 2007, 07:59:55 PM »



Here is a "wonderful" article on the PFI site.


"The development of alternatives to fossil fuels in meeting the United States' energy needs truly is a commendable goal. Both biodiesel and ethanol have great potential in this regard, and the energy industry is rapidly expanding production of both products. However, this increased production is accompanied by the increased generation of co-products.

An oversupply of potential feed ingredients such as glycerin and distillers grains is anticipated in coming years, resulting in lower costs of these ingredients as well. To address what this may mean for the animal feed and petfood industries, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) held a special session entitled "Fitting Biofuel Co-products Into Feed: Symposium on Process, Definition & Utility" at its January midyear meeting in Savannah, Georgia, USA.

As I understand it, industry is responding to FDA concerns with submission of safety data. Assuming the regulatory issues can be successfully addressed, what does the anticipated market glut of glycerin and distillers grains mean for the petfood industry? Glycerin is often used in soft-moist petfoods as a humectant. Its popularity for this purpose increased when regulations prohibiting use of propylene glycol in cat food were enacted in the mid-1990s. While soft-moist foods are not as popular on the market as they once were, perhaps a readily available, less-expensive source of glycerin will prompt new growth in this category.

Distillers grains have never been extremely popular for use in petfoods, but there's no compelling reason why they can't be used for that purpose. Perhaps the unappealing character of the ingredient name has hindered use. Regardless, maybe the economic, plentiful source that's predicted to be available in the near future as a result of increased ethanol production will spark new interest in this ingredient."


It looks like the PFI is trying to find a way to put more commercial garbage to put into pet foods.

http://www.petfoodindustry.com/viewarticle.aspx?id=13542




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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2007, 08:38:15 PM »

Great post, mal. Here comes the PFI again disposing of waste products
from other processes into pet food. Methanol in higher doses than has
been previously allowed. Sure, why not? Let's kill millions of feed animals,
fur-kids, and people?
3cats
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2007, 09:19:45 PM »

all these big corps seem to want to run the world on corn and soy. it seems to be a race to see which food supply they can shove the most of it in. the human supply or the pet supply. you just have to assume, human food manufacturers are looking at the same thing. i wonder what the new names for distiller grains will be? i suspect they will have one to jack into processed human food and another for the 2nd quality stuff they are looking to put into the pet food.

doesn't some corn by product make a good natural pesticide type thing for crops?

"Assuming the regulatory issues can be successfully addressed, . . . "

ya mean $$$$ to D.C. Mr. PFI?
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2007, 09:58:47 PM »

ah, klondike,

looks like we both graduated PFI speak 101!   Grin

actually we should start forwarding this $hit to the advocate groups that are monitoring the farm bill (for some reason, i think this may come up in there) and other food safety/environment issues. start protesting this $hit before it gets any farther.

*love* the term co-products. ~twitch~ excuse me while i puke.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007, 07:50:53 PM »

Biofuels to be added to the pet food. Wow what won't they think of next to find the perfect dumping ground for. Hopefully more and more of you are home cooking for your pets as it seems the companies are doing their darndest to make sure they sicken  or kill as many as possible with all these "good" franken ingredients they are going to put in the food. Pretty soon they will need a warning label just like the cigarettes have on them. Maybe a skull and crossbones too?
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007, 02:58:20 PM »

Is the corn used in bio fuels a special gmo corn ? Wasn't it made strictly for ethanol? Haven't european countries decided to ban it ?Didn't they decide  not to allow it in their countries?
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007, 04:45:25 PM »

I'm pretty sure, yl, that European Union has banned GMO's. You can Google European Food Safety Authority, EFSA,
I posted URL somewhere on forums and now can't find it.
3cats

Went back and found URL:
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/publications.html
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2007, 04:49:36 AM »

I agree 3 cat . I also think they banned the waste product from ethanol plants , they won't allow them  to be used in animal feeds. We can contact our elected officials and urge them to stop farm subsidies that wind up making agri corporations wealthier. They should stop allowing agri businesses control of OUR government Government is supposed to be of the people , by the people and for the people. It isn't supposed to be run by agri businesses.
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2007, 04:56:27 AM »

This just makes me want to puke! They aren't even concerned about the quality of the "food" or the health of the animals ~ just more money!  Poison is poison is poison regardless of what they call it! God help us all.
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2007, 06:38:53 AM »

Respectfully, in addition to divine intervention, which I'm all in favor of, we need
registered Itchmo voters to demand that non-govermental groups like AAFCO be
abolished and elect national government representatives that will fund and make
it possible for the USDA, CPSC, FDA, and the CVM to do their jobs.
We need to vote for and elect legislators who will impose tremendous civil
and criminal penalties on the "self-regulated" importers and producers of contaminated
food.
3cats
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2008, 12:10:02 PM »

I just saw an update on this:

http://www.bakingbusiness.com/news/headline_stories.asp?ArticleID=90629

"With regulatory and industry structures already in place, it would be "inadvisable" for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop standards for distillers grains and other products from biofuels production, according to the National Grain and Feed Association.

In formal comments sent Jan. 8 to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, the N.G.F.A. cited the association’s own Grain Trade Rules, Feed Trade Rules and Arbitration System as part of the existing framework offering parameters for biofuels products.

Mr. Malecha warned additional government standards could have negative consequences, including "stifling the rewards of innovation, reducing the number and quality of products available in the marketplace and ultimately limiting the opportunities for either buyer or seller to capture optimal value for these products."

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We wouldn't want to stifle their rewards, now, would we?

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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2008, 03:24:48 PM »

DMS, it's never going to end, is it?
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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2008, 04:36:14 AM »

I don't think some people will ever stop trying, 3cats.  This article is interesting in regard to feeding livestock distiller's grain.  This research center has info on USDA website:   

http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=54-38-00-00

And here is the article sited by Trudy on another thread.  You may have seen it, but I think it's worth repeating here:

http://origin.foxnews.com/wires/2008Jan26/0,4670,EColiDetectives,00.html

The large scope of the research being conducted at the Meat Animal Research Center sets its work apart from research at universities and other labs in the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

One of the lab's current projects will test whether feeding cattle distiller's grain _ a byproduct of making the gasoline additive ethanol _ has any effect on the level of E. coli and the quality of meat produced.

Smaller studies already suggest a link between distillers grain and high levels of the bacteria. For instance, researchers at Kansas State University said last fall they found that cattle fed distiller's grain are twice as likely to carry E. coli 0157:H7.

The research involves 600 cattle. Half are being fed a traditional grain feed and half are being fed distiller's grain. The research will wrap up in June after the cattle have been sold for slaughter and samples of their carcasses have been collected.

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