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IDFA Celebrates Designation of New National Monument

President Obama yesterday designated the Sewell-Belmont House and Museum, a site on Capitol Hill that has been central to the fight for women's equality for over a century, as America's newest national monument. Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, serves on the board of the museum, now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, and attended the announcement ceremony.

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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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Congress Speaks Out on Trade Pacts and Dairy

Key members of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a strong statement last week affirming the need for the Obama Administration to take concrete steps to address implementation and enforcement issues related to dairy provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. On the other side of the aisle, a bipartisan group of 26 senators urged U.S. negotiators to address the needs of agriculture, including key dairy issues, in any free trade agreement with the European Union.

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Michael Kashtock, Ph.D., Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

Michael Kashtock, Ph.D., Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

Ready for FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule? IDFA Can Help

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration published the final rule on the sanitary transportation of human and animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act. To help dairy companies understand how the rule can affect company operations and prepare for compliance, IDFA will offer the “FSMA Webinar: Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule” on May 11, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Eastern time. The featured speakers will be Michael Kashtock, Ph.D., of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at FDA, and Elizabeth Fawell of Hogan Lovells US LLP.

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IDFA Urges Flexibility for Dairy in FDA Gluten-Free Rule

In comments filed last week, IDFA encouraged the Food and Drug Administration to be flexible in determining methods for dairy foods companies to prove the accuracy of their gluten-free claims. Last November, FDA proposed a new rule that would require makers of fermented and hydrolyzed ingredients and foods, including yogurt and cheeses, to conduct testing and keep records to prove that the products prior to fermentation or hydrolysis meet the agency’s definition of gluten free.

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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.