Distillers Grain Link to E coli Disputed

US - The ethanol industry took another hit to its reputation, this time dealing with distillers grain. Two universities, Kansas State and the University of Nebraska, concluded cattle that were fed distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct, had increased levels of E coli 0157H7 bacteria in their hindgut over cattle fed regular corn.
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Green Plains Renewable Energy General Manager Doug Archer said he has yet to receive any information regarding the findings of the studies.

"We're in a fairly young industry. At this point there's only concern. I'm sure the appropriate agencies will investigate and determine if there is a link between E coli and distillers grain," said Archer.

As far as the distillers grains manufactured at GPRE, Archer said they do a fair amount of testing and meet all the regulated guidelines.

"We've gone through the right processes and have worked with scientists and animal nutritionists. I don't see how there is any kind of health threat."

Archer continued to say until a link is found, there's no cause for alarm.

Source: Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil

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