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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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Coalition Opposes New Approach to GIs That Could Restrict Global Sales

Representatives of the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) were in Geneva last week to voice concern about proposals to expand the Lisbon Agreement, an international system for geographical indications (GIs) that threatens to impede the global use of common names for many cheeses, meats, beverages and other foods. CCFN, of which IDFA is a founding member, said the agreement would not safeguard common food names, but would risk violating existing trade commitments and impose significant costs on many nations.

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FDA Reminds Food Companies to Register Facilities, Starting Today

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires U.S. food facilities to register every even-numbered year between October 1 and December 31 to indicate the types of foods produced or held at each facility. Companies also are required to provide updated contact information and an assurance that they will permit inspections by the Food and Drug Administration. IDFA encourages members to register early to avoid any system issues stemming from a last-minute registration rush.

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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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