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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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USTR Seeks Comments to Identify Foreign Trade Barriers

Despite the strength of U.S. dairy exports, American dairy companies still face significant obstacles in markets around the world through tariffs, quotas and unfair regulatory restrictions, among other non-tariff barriers. To identify and aggregate these impediments, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative publishes its annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers. Prior to publication, USTR is seeking public comments to help identify barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services and U.S. foreign direct investment.

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FDA Finalizes Food Facility Registration Requirements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final rule amending its regulations for food facility registration to codify certain provisions mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The rule also allows FDA to collect additional information about food facilities to improve the agency’s use of the registration database, enhance response to food-related emergencies and provide specific focus for FDA’s inspection resources. The rule will take effect 60 days from tomorrow, July 14, when it will be published in the Federal Register.

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IDFA Commends Congress for Passing GMO Disclosure Bill

The International Dairy Foods Association commended Congress for taking quick action to pass S. 764, the bipartisan legislation authored by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), that will provide a national food disclosure standard for labeling foods made with genetically modified, or GMO, ingredients. The bill, passed last Thursday by the Senate, was taken up and passed today by the House of Representatives. The bill now will be sent to President Obama for his signature.

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Senate Breaks Before Acting on Child Nutrition Bill

The Senate left last Thursday for its seven-week recess without taking action on the child nutrition reauthorization bill, which affects all federal feeding programs, including the school breakfast and lunch programs. Authorization for federal child nutrition programs formally expired at the end of September 2015, but the existing programs continue to operate pending approval of the reauthorization bill. IDFA and its members will continue efforts to encourage the Senate to take up the bill early in September.

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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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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. The deadline for submitting proposals for presentation topics and speakers is July 20.