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Clinton-Heart Association Alliance: Healthy Food Sales to Schools Grow

Food companies that signed agreements with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2011 to develop healthier school foods at competitive prices have seen increases in sales, according to the alliance, a joint project of the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.

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What in the World Is Going On in Butter Markets?

In a special market analysis for members, IDFA Chief Economist Bob Yonkers explores why world butter prices have fallen while U.S. butter prices have soared. Differences in pricing reports and butter composition, transportation challenges and trade barriers all have a role to play, he said. Going forward, the markets are forecasting that U.S. butter prices will be lower next year. Members may click on headline and login to read the analysis.

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U.S. Dairy Industry Decries Market Barriers Raised in EU-Canada Trade Deal

The text of the European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) released at the end of last week contains provisions on geographical indications (GIs) and reallocates a portion of the World Trade Organization tariff rate quota for cheese to the EU. The U.S. dairy industry expressed concern today that these provisions would raise artificial trade barriers restricting market access for American cheeses to the Canadian market.

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FDA Heeds Industry Calls for Flexibility in New FSMA Updates

The Food and Drug Administration last Friday released proposed 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.

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Declaration of Added Sugars Not Needed, IDFA Tells Health Canada

Health Canada, the agency responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, proposed changes this summer to the nutrition information required on the country’s Nutrition Facts table. In comments filed last week, IDFA expressed concern about the provision that would mandate the declaration of added sugars. IDFA demonstrated that the declaration would not help consumers and in some causes could mislead or confuse them.

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IDFA Promotes Consumption of Dairy Products in Schools via Twitter Chat

While most kids were getting ready to go back to school last week, IDFA participated in a Twitter chat organized by student ambassadors from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service to promote the importance of dairy in schools and student diets.

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IDFA Commends Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Worker Safety

IDFA announced the names of 72 dairy company operations that will receive Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates from the association this year. This is the 11th year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The operations were judged on specific data required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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NextGEN Symposium NextGEN Symposium
Oct 6-8, 2014
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Cornell University has teamed up with IDFA to create the first opportunity for leadership development.  The first ever NextGEN Symposium will be held October 6-8, 2014 at Cornell University. The program will feature exposure to the dairy industry from production to processing to supply chain distribution.  The program is also designed to enhance personal and professional networks, increase self-awareness, and improve leadership skills in a way that can drive change within an organization.

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