Use Caution When Harvesting Flooded Grain
Widespread harvest is fast-approaching and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship again reminds farmers that grain impacted by river flooding may be considered adulterated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Grain that has been determined to be adulterated cannot be used for feed or food.
FDA’s guidelines are set out in their “Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-Affected Food Crops for Human Consumption.” The full guidance can be found HERE.
There have been isolated reports of flooding along rivers and streams that has affected standing crops, as is the case in many years. These guidelines provided by FDA can help impacted farmers handle their grain appropriately.