NCDA&CS Guidance on Inspection of Flooded Grain

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October 17, 2016

From: NCDA&CS, Division of Marketing, Nick Lassiter
Re: Inspection of Flooded Grain

As a result of this very tragic and catastrophic flooding event, I thought it would be helpful to remind the industry of certain grading procedures regarding flooded grain. Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) reports to FDA certain lots of grain which are considered actionable under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

FDA considers flood water to be inherently unsanitary and deems grains and oilseeds, feed and feed ingredients that have been in contact with flood water to be unfit for human consumption or animal feed, unless reconditioned. Grain materially affected by flooding is considered as distinctly low quality (DLQ) and certified as US Sample Grade. Official personnel must report lots that are DLQ to the district FDA office as actionable.

Distinctly low quality (DLQ) grain is of inferior quality because it is in an unusual state or condition, and cannot be graded properly by use of other grading factors provided in the standards. The determination of DLQ is made on the basis of the lot as a whole at the time of sampling when a condition exists that may or may not appear in the representative sample and /or the sample as a whole.

View the USDA Program Notice for Inspection of Flood Damaged Grain for more information.

For clarifications or questions, please call Jason Jernigan, 919-202-5774. Growers should contact their insurance carrier for claims.