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President’s Budget Touches on Topics Affecting Dairy

The cost of administering the Federal Milk Marketing Order system may be increasing, according to estimates included in President Obama’s FY 2017 budget, which was submitted this week to Congress. Industry-funded assessments are expected to increase to $60 million, a 15-percent increase over 2015.

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FTC Issues Statement and Guidance on 'Native' Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued two new documents to help companies that choose to use “native advertising,” which consists of advertisements that look like surrounding, non-advertising content. One document is an enforcement policy statement and the other is business guidance to help companies with compliance. “FTC’s guidance is a must-read for advertisers,” said Hogan Lovells US LLP, IDFA’s outside legal counsel, in a memorandum prepared for IDFA members.

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IDF Board Meets in New Zealand

The International Dairy Federation held a board meeting last week in New Zealand, the host country of Jeremy Hill, chief science and technology officer at Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited and IDF president. Clay Hough, senior group vice president for IDFA and dairy processing representative for IDF, joined fellow board members in discussing outcomes of the 2015 World Dairy Summit, preparations for the 2016 Summit this fall in Rotterdam and IDF’s relationship with the global farming community.

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FDA Suspends Testing for Generic E. coli in Cheese

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it “is in the process of pausing” its testing program for generic Escherichia coli (“E. coli”) in cheese. The agency made the decision based on concerns raised by raw milk cheesemakers and legislators who claim the testing criteria would limit the production of raw milk cheeses without evidence that testing for this organism yields any benefit to public health. IDFA shared those concerns and is reaching out to officials at FDA to try to resolve the issues, said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards.

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New Hampshire House Votes Down GMO Labeling Bill

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted today to oppose a bill that would have required new labeling for foods sold at retail that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or GMO ingredients. With a vote of 239-122, the lawmakers said the bill would be “inexpedient to legislate,” agreeing with the state’s Committee on Environment and Agriculture, which voted in January to oppose the bill. Yesterday, IDFA sent a joint letter with the National Milk Producers Federation and the Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives to every member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, urging them to oppose the bill.

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Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods in the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA

Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods in the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA

Food and Beverage Alliance Talks Issues, Priorities with FDA Officials

Representatives from 17 food and beverage organizations, including IDFA, met last Friday with several high-ranking officials from the Food and Drug Administration, including Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods in the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, to discuss the agency’s priorities and regulatory issues related to foods and beverages. The Food Safety Modernization Act, the Nutrition Facts panel, sodium levels in food and Standards of Identity were among the topics discussed. The organizations are members of the Food and Beverage Issues Alliance, which convenes the meeting annually and invites top regulatory officials to attend.

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Call for Nominations: 2016 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

IDFA is accepting applications for the 12th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities for outstanding worker safety performance. “Year after year, our member companies have demonstrated their efforts to provide a safe and productive work environment for all employees, reinforcing that worker safety is a top priority in the dairy industry,” said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel. “We urge all dairy facilities to nominate their processing and trucking operations so IDFA and the industry can recognize and celebrate their success.”

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International Sweetener Colloquium

February 21-24, 2016
Turnberry Isle Miami
Aventura, FL

Co-hosted by IDFA and the Sweetener Users Association, the Colloquium offers an opportunity for key players from all sectors to discuss issues facing the global sweetener industry. Don’t miss the final keynote address by Michael Scuse, under secretary, USDA.

Milk Procurement Workshop 2016

Apr 5-6, 2016
Embassy Suites O'Hare Rosemont
Rosemont, IL

IDFA's Milk Procurement Workshop provides an overview of dairy industry trends, policy and pricing basics with a focus on understanding milk price regulation. Milk processors, cheese makers, frozen dessert marketers, butter manufacturers, nonfat dry milk manufacturers and other dairy industry professionals are welcome to attend this information-packed workshop.


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ProFood Tech Exhibit Space Filling Fast

Despite being more than 16 months away from the show’s open, reservations from initial booth selection have already accounted for over 90,000 square feet at ProFood Tech - more than half of the projected exposition space - reports PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing.

DuPont, Harpak-Ulma, TetraPak, GEA, Ecolab and Pro Mach are among the 180-plus industry leaders who secured their spot.