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IDFA Commends Senate Ag Leaders for Bipartisan Agreement on GMO Labeling, Urges Swift Action

IDFA commended Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for finalizing an agreement that would establish a national standard for GMO labeling. IDFA urged Congress to act quickly to pass the bill.

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Frank Otis, president and CEO of Crystal Creamery (right) met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss dairy issues.

Frank Otis, president and CEO of Crystal Creamery (right) met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss dairy issues.

Members Take to the Hill to Talk GMOs, Child Nutrition and Trade

IDFA’s Advocacy Days kicked off Tuesday with an issues briefing and continued yesterday with nearly 40 member representatives and IDFA staff members traveling to Capitol Hill for congressional visits. They visited the offices of nearly 75 members of Congress to discuss issues of interest to dairy. Large delegations of dairy manufacturers met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (pictured left), Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN), while others visited the offices of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

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Senate Committee Votes to Ease Access to Cuba

The United States took another important step on Thursday toward opening up commerce with and travel to Cuba. With an amendment to the fiscal year 2017 financial services appropriations bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to lift the five-decade-old travel ban to the communist country, which remains in effect despite the opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana last August. IDFA supports the lifting of finance, trade and travel bans to Cuba.

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(L-R): Michael Blume, Director, Consumer Protection Branch, U.S. Department of Justice and Doug Fellman, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

(L-R): Michael Blume, Director, Consumer Protection Branch, U.S. Department of Justice and Doug Fellman, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Criminal Investigations on the Rise in the Food Industry

One of the best attended sessions at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP last week was “The Food Police: Under Investigation.” Michael Blume of the U.S. Department of Justice and Doug Fellman, a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP, provided intriguing insight and instructions for dairy industry employees if their companies become involved in criminal investigations related to food safety.

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Memo for Members Offers Nutrition Facts Panel Details

The Food and Drug Administration released late last month its rule to revise the nutrition labeling requirements that will require significant changes for all food labels. The final rule will be effective July 26, 2018, for food and beverage manufacturers with sales of $10 million or more, while companies with sales below $10 million will have until July 26, 2019, to comply. Hogan Lovells US LLP, IDFA’s outside legal counsel, has prepared for members a comprehensive memorandum that provides more details of the label changes set forth in the rule. Members may login to read more.

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(L-R): Ed Mullins, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.; Gregg Tanner, Dean Foods Company and Jay Bryant,  Maryland and Virginia Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.

(L-R): Ed Mullins, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.; Gregg Tanner, Dean Foods Company and Jay Bryant, Maryland and Virginia Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.

MIF Members Meet with Secretary Vilsack

Members of the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF) and IDFA staff made a follow up visit last week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to meet with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss ongoing concerns about declining milk consumption in America and its impact on nutrition. The members continued a conversation they began with the secretary in July 2014 and provided updates about current consumption trends, which show Americans, especially children, are falling short of federal milk intake guidelines.

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Proposed Changes to Risk Management Plan are Burdensome, IDFA Tells EPA

In comments filed with the Environmental Protection Agency last week, IDFA said that the proposed changes to its Risk Management Plan could have a negative impact on the dairy industry without supporting the goals and purposes of the rule — to prevent chemical accidents and minimize possible impacts of those accidents on communities. IDFA told the EPA that the current rules are effective in reducing risk of chemical accidents, and recommended that EPA reconsider several portions of its proposal.

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Webinar: Nutrition Label Reform Final Rules: Implications for the Dairy Industry

Aug 22-23, 2016
From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST Each Day  





This webinar series will provide you with the details of FDA’s new regulations and practical guidance on what changes will be needed for milk, yogurt, cultured dairy products, packaged ice cream and novelties, cheese and beverages.

Hands-on Microbiological Testing, Food Safety and Laboratory Best Practices 2016

November 1-3, 2016
Chestnut Labs Education Center
Springfield, MO


This a career-building training course that is offered exclusively for dairy industry professionals with food safety responsibilities, including those working in quality assurance and control, sanitation, maintenance, operations and more.

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ProFood Tech Square

IDFA Invites Ideas for Dynamic Program at ProFood Tech

ProFood Tech, a new event that will focus on processing technologies and innovations for the food and beverage industry, will make its debut April 4-6, 2017. ProFood Tech will offer a dynamic conference program led by IDFA. The program will be designed for professionals in business development, operations, plant management, engineering, research and development, quality assurance, sales, marketing and supply chain management. IDFA is accepting proposals for presentation topics and speakers through July 15, 2016.