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Aderholt Talks Dietary Guidelines and Budget to Vilsack

House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt, (R-AL), (pictured) told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that he expects the 2015 Dietary Guidelines to be limited to nutrition and diet recommendations, Aderholt said in a news release. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.

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Tipton Considers Consumer Power and Impediments to Industry Growth

“Don’t become irrelevant,” warned Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, in her recent Cheese Market News column about the rise in consumer influence powered by the use of technology. “We must remove the friction in our markets, the impediments that keep us from being as efficient and effective as possible in serving new consumer demands,” she said.

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Trade News: West Coast Ports Dispute Resolved; Sugar Reform Act Reintroduced

This week's column by Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, discusses progress on Trade Promotion Authority, negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), the West Coast ports dispute, support from Congress on protecting proper protocols at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the reintroduction of the Sugar Reform Act.

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FDA Analysis Demonstrates U.S. Milk Supply Is Safe from Drug Residues

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released the results of the milk drug sampling survey conducted by its Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in 2012. The report underscores the safety of the nation’s milk supply, and demonstrates that the regulations to keep drug residues out of milk are effective in protecting the public health. While the report found a small number of residues, 15, in the nearly 2,000 samples analyzed, the FDA confirmed that the findings of the survey do not pose a health risk to consumers, and validate the continuing effort by the dairy industry to produce high-quality milk.

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Calorie Countdown Begins in Restaurants; Dairy Companies Prepare

In her column in the February issue of Dairy Foods, IDFA Vice President Cary Frye said calorie counts will soon be posted on chain restaurant menus and foods sold in vending machines. While these changes, prompted by the Affordable Care Act, don’t directly affect dairy products, Frye said dairy companies that sell products to foodservice or vending customers may want to supply nutrition information and prepare for possible requests for label or formulation changes.

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Congress Takes Action on Nutrition Issues

The House Agriculture Committee began a series of hearings last week to review the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program that provides benefits to one in five Americans and costs $74 billion annually. Congress is also gearing up to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act programs, including the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) because the current authorization for those programs expires on October 1, 2015.

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Industry Representatives Urge Congress to Pass Truck Weight Limit Increase

The Coalition for Transportation Productivity, of which IDFA is a long-standing member, is co-sponsoring a “Stand up for Shippers” fly-in this week in Washington, D.C. Industry advocates will meet with members of Congress to discuss infrastructure investment, trucking productivity and excessive regulations, and help lay the groundwork for consideration of the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA).

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2015 International Dairy Show Adds Co-Packer Pavilion To Show Floor

IDFA has announced the addition of a Co-Packer Pavilion on the 2015 show floor. The Co-Packer Pavilion is just one of many enhancements the Dairy Show has made for the 2015 event. Read more.

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