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USTR Releases Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released on Nov. 5 the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which spans 30 chapters and more than 2,000 pages. IDFA will review the text and related documents in detail and then provide members with an assessment of the impact on U.S. dairy.

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California FMMO Hearing Concludes; Yonkers Outlines Next Steps

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hearing to consider proposals that would establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for California concluded at noon Pacific time on November 18. This formal rulemaking hearing began on September 22 in Clovis, Calif., and continued for a total of 40 days over nine calendar weeks. The next steps of the process begin with finalizing the official hearing transcript. Members may log in to read a detailed update from Bob Yonkers, IDFA vice president and chief economist.

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Tipton Addresses Asia Pacific Dairy Summit in Singapore

Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, was a keynote speaker this week at the Asia Pacific Dairy Summit in Singapore. In her speech, “The Importance of the Asia Pacific Market to the U.S. Dairy Industry,” Tipton said the Asia Pacific region is “without question” the most dynamic sector of the global dairy industry today. It accounts for 40 percent of the global economy, includes the largest consumer markets in the world, has the fastest growing demand for dairy products and has the largest and fastest growing regions of milk production.

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FDA’s Food Advisory Committee to Discuss Key Listeria Policies

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Advisory Committee will meet on December 7-8 to discuss FDA’s policies related to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in foods. Of particular interest to IDFA members, the committee will be tasked with providing feedback on whether FDA’s 2008 draft tolerance level is appropriate for ready-to-eat foods that do not support the growth of the bacterium. IDFA is preparing brief comments on dairy industry initiatives to enhance control of Listeria monocytogenes in food production environments.

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FDA Releases Labeling Guidance for Genetically Engineered Foods

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance last week for voluntary labeling to indicate whether or not a food has been derived from genetically engineered (GE) plants. The agency also issued draft guidance on voluntary labeling to show whether food contains newly approved GE salmon. Along with issuing these guidance documents and approval of the first GE animal intended for food, FDA denied a citizen petition that requested FDA mandate GE labels on biotech food products.

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Committee Sets Background for WIC Food Package Updates

Last week, a committee of the National Academy of Medicine released a report summarizing background information it will use to conduct a review of the food packages provided by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Parts of the report identified the nutrient needs of the WIC population, and although the report did not make specific recommendations regarding dairy in the food packages, dairy was identified as a food group under-consumed by women and children between the ages of two and five.

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OSHA Updates Safety and Health Guidelines

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced on Monday that it has updated the agency’s voluntary “Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines” for the first time since they were created in 1989. The guidelines, which were updated to reflect changes in technology and practices, are intended to be advisory and not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.

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Focus on Imports: FDA’s New Foreign Supplier Verification and Third-Party Certification Rules Webinar

Dec. 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
To help dairy companies understand the impact of updates in the finalization of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Andrew Stephens (pictured), international policy manager at the Food and Drug Administration, will participate in IDFA’s FSMA webinar, "Focus on Imports: FDA’s New Foreign Supplier Verification and Third-Party Certification Rules." Stephens will discuss the newly released final rules on foreign supplier verification programs and accredited third-party certification, and will join speakers Joseph Levitt and Elizabeth Fawell, legal and regulatory experts on FSMA, from Hogan Lovells US, LLP.


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