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Taylor: FDA Ready to Finish FSMA Rules

The Food and Drug Administration is set to finish the rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act under a court-ordered schedule, Mike Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for food, said Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention. Read more from The Hagstrom Report.

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IDFA President Shares 2020 Vision at Dairy Forum 2015

In her keynote speech at Dairy Forum 2015, Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, outlined her vision of the dairy landscape through 2020. Noting that consumers are the driving force, Tipton called for broader industry collaboration on policy and regulatory changes that would encourage industry innovation to meet escalating consumer demands and growing global markets. She addressed a crowd of 1,050 dairy producers, processors, suppliers and other industry participants.

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Dairy Processors Commend President’s Remarks on TPA and U.S. Trade Agreements

IDFA issued a statement commending President Barack Obama on his comments in the State of the Union address regarding Trade Promotion Authority legislation and trade agreements. “We’re encouraged that the President’s call to pass legislation to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority was welcomed with bipartisan support by many members of Congress. A strong, bipartisan focus on modernizing TPA will have a tremendous, positive impact on the country’s economic growth and job creation,” IDFA said in the statement.

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Flexibility Remains Key to FSMA Implementation, IDFA Tells FDA

The Food and Drug Administration in September released revisions to four proposed rules for implementing portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The updates, which cover preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, foreign supplier verification programs and produce safety, reflect significant changes requested by IDFA and others in the food industry. On Monday, IDFA submitted new comments supporting many of FDA’s changes and requesting additional revisions to make the requirements consistently systems-based and risk-based.

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Eric Grande, Lactalis; Cary Frye, IDFA; Laurence Rycken, IDF; Karine Simbelie, Atla; and John Allan, IDFA.

Eric Grande, Lactalis; Cary Frye, IDFA; Laurence Rycken, IDF; Karine Simbelie, Atla; and John Allan, IDFA.

IDF Unveils ‘Strategy Refresh’ at Paris Business Meetings

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has announced plans to move forward with a “strategy refresh” that will retain the organization’s role as the global voice of dairy with science-based experts while drawing financial and research support from other resources. At meetings in Paris late last year, IDF unveiled its plan to work on nutrition and sustainability issues with the Global Dairy Platform, said Cary Frye, IDFA vice president and IDF board member.

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MilkPEP #GetReal Initiative Reaches 21 Million People Online

Aiming to “take back the conversation about milk,” the Milk Processor Education Program and Dairy Management Inc. launched at Dairy Forum a new social advocacy initiative called #GetReal. Using the support of science, credible third-parties and the voices of the industry, the initiative is addressing milk myths and engaging consumers in conversations about the positive benefits of milk on Twitter, Facebook and other social properties.

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Supreme Court Decides Case on Fair Labor Standards Act

The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously decided last week that employees do not have a right to compensation for time spent waiting to undergo and undergoing security screening under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA). The decision settled a class-action suit, Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk. For IDFA members, this case has implications on whether or not employers need to compensate an employee for pre- and post-shift activities, such as donning and doffing clothing for work.

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Dairy Show Exhibit Sales Tracking 30% Ahead of 2013

“We are pleased to report the Dairy Show exhibit sales are tracking 30 percent ahead of 2013,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. “This is shaping up to be the most important dairy, food and beverage processing event of the year." READ MORE. MovingDairyForward

ISC 2015 International Sweetener Colloquium 2015
Feb 8-11, 2015
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Orlando, FL

Co-hosted by the Sweetener Users Association and the International Dairy Foods Association, the International Sweetener Colloquium has long been considered the industry’s premier meeting. This annual event provides a unique opportunity for key players from all sectors to discuss the most pressing issues facing the global sweetener industry.


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