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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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FSMA: Foreign Supplier and Third-Party Audit Rules Now Final

The Food and Drug Administration released on Friday three new final rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act, and two are intended to formalize industry accountability and best practices for food importers. The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule makes importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards, and the Accredited Third-Party Certification rule establishes a program for the accreditation of third-party certification organizations to conduct food safety audits of foreign food facilities.

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Seeking Input, FDA to Consider Definition for ‘Natural’

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it will accept public comments on “natural” label claims and whether the agency should set a definition for the term “natural.” The request for comment is in response to multiple citizen petitions asking for a definition, as well as numerous requests from judges overseeing lawsuits related to natural claims.

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FDA Clarifies Fortification Policy in New Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration released earlier this month a guidance document that clarified the recommendations of its fortification policy for food and beverages. In a series of questions and answers, FDA provided additional information and examples of what the agency would considers foods that may be fortified, what nutrients would fall under the fortification policy and what levels may be added. “Since so many dairy foods, including milk, yogurt, cheese and some frozen desserts, are fortified, dairy processors should be aware of this new guidance,” said Michelle Matto, IDFA’s consultant on nutrition and labeling.

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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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January 24-27, 2016
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Join dairy leaders in Phoenix for Dairy Forum, January 24-27, and prepare for the changing consumer demands, challenges in farm and plant operations and new global trade opportunities the next year will bring. Over the course of the four-day meeting, sessions will explore industry issues such as changes in global populations and markets, water usage in food production, trade agreements, risk management, food safety, cyber security and crisis communications.


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