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Now’s the Time to Take Your Legislator to Work

As Congress begins its seven-week recess, legislators are heading back to their home states. Now is the ideal time for dairy companies to plan to host a tour at their processing facilities. IDFA is challenging member companies to host a federal legislator or legislative staff member during August for “Take Your Legislator to Work Month.”

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Republican Platform Calls for Dairy Policy Reform

On July 18, delegates to the Republican National Convention adopted the official 2016 Platform of the party. The platform, which contains the party’s principles and policies, includes an entire section on agriculture, energy and the environment that specifically calls out the need to reform federal dairy policies. This marks the second time this month that a national organization has called for reforming the Federal Milk Marketing Order system.

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FDA Launches Online Registration for Dairy Exporters

When exporting dairy products around the world, U.S. companies must navigate a host of regulatory requirements unique to each country. One common requirement is an export certificate or other document verifying the importing company is operating under the Food and Drug Administration’s jurisdiction and is in good standing. To help dairy exporters meet this requirement, FDA launched on Monday a Dairy Listing Module as part of the agency’s Unified Registration and Listing Systems (FURLS). The new procedure will help companies receive import certification more quickly.

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FDA Releases Results of Raw Milk Cheese Sampling

The Food and Drug Administration released last week the test results from its sampling of several commodities, including raw milk cheese aged for 60 days. IDFA welcomed the release of the results and continues to support FDA’s decision earlier this year to pause its strict generic E.coli standard for raw milk cheeses. “FDA’s results provide further support for the well-founded idea that detecting generic E. coli does not mean you are more likely to find disease causing, pathogenic E. coli,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards.

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IDFA Commends President Obama for Signing GMO Disclosure Bill into Law

President Barack Obama signed the GMO disclosure bill, giving consumers access to more product information and protecting the food supply system from a patchwork of varying state labeling laws for foods made with genetically modified, or GMO, ingredients. “We are grateful to President Obama for swiftly signing into law a bill that is vital for consumers and food manufacturers,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and legal counsel. “The new federal law explicitly preempts state GMO labeling laws, including Vermont’s, and will bring much-needed consistency to the marketplace.”

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New Rules Not Likely to Affect Dairy Foods Sold in Schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced four final rules that will implement provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and build on USDA’s efforts to improve the nutritional quality of meals served in schools. The rules promote healthy snacks and aim to ensure that nutrition standards, called “Smart Snacks in Schools,” are consistent for all foods marketed and served in schools. IDFA doesn’t expect the final rules to have a significant impact on the nutrition standards for dairy foods served in schools or through other federal feeding programs.

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OSHA Delays New Rule’s Anti-Retaliation Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it is delaying implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of its new injury and illness tracking rule. This rule requires employers to submit certain injury and illness data to OSHA and requires employers to inform workers of their rights to report work-related illness and injuries without the fear of retaliation. OSHA decided to delay the compliance date for the anti-retaliation parts of the law from August 10, 2016, until November 1, 2016, so that the agency can provide additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

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Webinar: Nutrition Label Reform Final Rules: Implications for the Dairy Industry

Aug 22-23, 2016
From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST Each Day  





This webinar series will provide you with the details of FDA’s new regulations and practical guidance on what changes will be needed for milk, yogurt, cultured dairy products, packaged ice cream and novelties, cheese and beverages.

Hands-on Microbiological Testing, Food Safety and Laboratory Best Practices 2016

November 1-3, 2016
Chestnut Labs Education Center
Springfield, MO


This a career-building training course that is offered exclusively for dairy industry professionals with food safety responsibilities, including those working in quality assurance and control, sanitation, maintenance, operations and more.

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ProFood Tech Square

Booth Sales Soar, Conference Takes Shape for ProFood Tech

Excitement continues to build for ProFood Tech, which will attract high-level buyers from every food and beverage sector to Chicago next April. Booth space reservations have surpassed 113,000 square feet, and nearly 250 suppliers are committed to the show, which is powered by PACK EXPO, Anuga and IDFA. ProFood Tech will allow exhibitors to showcase their latest technology and innovations, and IDFA is shaping the dynamic conference program. Be sure to check back in September for new details.