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House Ag Committee Approves COOL Repeal, Hagstrom Reports

The House Agriculture Committee has approved H.R. 2393, a bill to repeal country-of-origin labeling for beef, pork and chicken, but the road to resolution of the longstanding conflict with Canada and Mexico over the labeling program is still likely to be long, according to The Hagstrom Report. The vote was 38 to 6.

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Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA)

Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA)

Representative GT Thompson To Address Advocacy Days Attendees

This year’s Advocacy Days attendees will get the "inside scoop" on federal policy and regulation in the dairy industry from Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) when speaks at the Washington Insiders Breakfast on Thursday, June 18. “Represenative Thompson has been an outspoken champion for the dairy industry during his time in Congress, and we are delighted to thank him in person for his support and to hear his thoughts on some of the important issues pending in Congress,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president for legislative affairs and economic policy.

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Dairy Groups Praise Diplomatic Struggle against Additional Restrictions on Common Food Names

The dairy industry today praised U.S. representatives to a key international meeting for leading the fight against treaty changes that could seriously impair the ability of companies worldwide to use generic food terms in export markets.Among those potentially affected are U.S. dairy producers and processors relying on numerous generic cheese names. IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council jointly thanked the U.S. delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Diplomatic Conference on the Lisbon Agreement for calling attention to the treaty changes.

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(L to R) John Sheehan, FDA; Cary Frye, IDFA; Dennis Gaalswyk, FDA; Clay Hough, IDFA; and John Allan, IDFA.

(L to R) John Sheehan, FDA; Cary Frye, IDFA; Dennis Gaalswyk, FDA; Clay Hough, IDFA; and John Allan, IDFA.

NCIMS Attendees Pass Positive Proposals on PMO, Drug Residue Testing

Following months of preparation and collaboration, dairy industry representatives met with state regulators and Food and Drug Administration officials at the recent National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) Conference and gained successful outcomes on two top issues. IDFA advocated for reasonable regulations in the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) that will allow it to align with pending requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Attendees also agreed to allow industry sufficient time to develop sampling criteria and rapid test methods to expand the requirements for testing raw milk for additional drug residues. CLICK ON HEADLINE TO READ MORE.

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Plaintiffs Appeal Court Ruling on Vermont GMO Labeling Law

Four trade associations, including IDFA, will appeal an April 27 federal court ruling that denied their motion to halt implementation of Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law pending further litigation. The ruling means Vermont can continue implementing the labeling law that is set to go into effect in July 2016. IDFA, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Snack Food Association and the National Association of Manufacturers filed a notice of appeal last week as a first step and will file a legal brief outlining the grounds for appeal in the coming weeks.

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IDFA and NMPF Commend Introduction of School Milk Nutrition Act

A bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools will be introduced this afternoon by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT). The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015 focuses on preserving milk’s role in school feeding programs, while complying with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).

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Three IDFA Members Earn U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards

Hilmar Cheese Company, HP Hood LLC and Prairie Farms Dairy were recognized last week for their outstanding efforts, respectively, in energy and water conservation, repurposing packaging for renewable fuel and providing affordable products to neighbors in need. The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Processing and Manufacturing Sustainability went to Hilmar Cheese. The award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships went to HP Hood, and Prairie Farms earned an honorable mention in the same category.

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Collegiate Dairy Contest to Return to Dairy Show

The Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest recognizes dairy science students and dairy product judging teams that master the ability to identify high-quality dairy products. Read more.

Recall Preparedness Webinar: What to Do When Things Go Wrong
June 10, 2015
2:00 - 3:30PM Eastern

Keeping food products safe is a shared responsibility throughout the supply chain. Part of this responsibility is being ready to execute a recall at a moment’s notice. From the manufacturer to distributor to retailer, everyone has a role to play to help prevent recalled product from reaching the consumer.


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Organic milk sales increased 9.5 percent during the first 11 months of 2014, reports USDA.