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Roberts, Stabenow: Other Bills Come Before Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) may have their disagreements these days, but they agree that they have other bills to consider before they begin work on the 2018 farm bill, according to The Hagstrom Report. Roberts and Stabenow both said they look forward to the Senate considering their bipartisan child nutrition reauthorization bill.

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Engage with Members of Congress and Make a Difference at Advocacy Days

According to a survey conducted by the Congressional Management Foundation, ninety-seven percent of congressional staff said constituent visits to their Washington offices have “some” or “a lot” of influence on an undecided member of Congress, more than any other influence group or strategy. With the election year in full swing, IDFA’s legislative fly-in, Advocacy Days, June 14-15 in Washington, D.C., provides the perfect opportunity for the industry to rally together to make its voice heard.

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Future Looks Bright for Dairy in Vietnam, IDFA Says

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, approved last fall by the Obama administration and now awaiting congressional action, will bring new opportunities for U.S. dairy exports to Vietnam, Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, told DairyReporter.com last week. Tariffs on some products will be eliminated within five years under the trade pact, while tariffs on cheese, milk powders and whey will be lifted immediately upon ratification and implementation. IDFA and others in the dairy industry have called on Congress to pass the pact this year.

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IDFA Guide to Support Culture of Food Safety for Ice Cream Makers

IDFA and its Ice Cream Food Safety Task Force released guidance this week to help ice cream companies evaluate and bolster their food safety programs to ensure good practices are in place for preventing ice cream contamination by the potentially harmful bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. IDFA is distributing the guide, “Listeria Control Resources for the Ice Cream and Frozen Ready-to-Eat Dairy-Based Dessert Industry,” to all ice cream companies, as well as to retailers for sharing with smaller, regional companies that are not members of the International Ice Cream Association.

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FDA Issues Final Guidance on Menu Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance last week on its menu labeling final rule. The rule will go into effect in 2017, one year from the date the guidance is published in the Federal Register, which FDA expects will happen this month. FDA’s rule for labeling calorie content of menu items in restaurants or other similar establishments came out in December 2014, followed by draft guidance last September. In the final guidance, FDA has provided additional flexibility in a few areas, particularly for “grab and go” items sold in grocery stores and for declaring calories in combination meals.

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USDA Updates Child Care Nutrition Program

Concerned about early childhood eating patterns and the precedent they set for lifelong diets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released this week a final rule that updated nutrition standards for the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program. While milk, cheese and yogurt will all continue to be integral parts of the meals and snacks served to children and adults at participating day care facilities, there are significant changes to the foods and beverages that those centers will be able to serve. The rule will go into effect October 1, 2017.

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EPA Proposes Changes to Risk Management Plan Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week proposed changes to its Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulations designed to prevent the accidental release of hazardous chemicals. For dairy companies, this rule regulates anhydrous ammonia, the most commonly used chemical in industrial refrigeration systems, and chlorine, a chemical used in the wastewater treatment process. These changes come after EPA held a Small Business Review panel, in which IDFA participated, to review the impact the proposed changes would have on small businesses.

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Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop 2016

May 11-12, 2016
The Loews Chicago O’Hare
Rosemont, IL

Presented by Herbein + Company Inc., it is for all dairy accountants or financial managers who want to further their career by improving their company’s bottom line. Efficiency, strategy and skills are the focus of every session. Learn the ins and outs of milk pricing, tax credits, cost segregation, federal and state milk reports, cost centers and measuring plant efficiency.

Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Conference 2016

May 24-25, 2016
Omni Severin Hotel
Indianapolis, IN

A dynamic, information-rich meeting focused on the information that milk and cultured dairy product professionals need. Learn about the most recent developments in the category and the science behind them. Be inspired by new ideas as you network with industry peers and respected experts. Find out what’s new in ingredients, processing technology and packaging.

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ProFood Tech Square

ProFood Tech on Track to Meet or Beat Projections

Now 12 months out from the inaugural show, reservations for ProFood Tech have already surpassed 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, which is two-thirds of the total projected space. Chr. Hansen, Delkor Systems, DuPont Nutrition & Health, Ecolab, Evergreen Packaging, GEA, Integrated Packaging Machinery, serac and Tetra Pak are a few of the 200-plus industry leaders who have reserved spots on the show floor. Visit www.profoodtech.com to reserve your space.