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  • August 16, 2017

    NAFTA Negotiations Begin This Week; IDFA Gears Up for Action

    The first round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begin today in Washington, D.C., marking the start of trade talks between officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico to update the 23-year-old trade pact. Maintaining the U.S. dairy industry’s export market in Mexico is the number one priority for IDFA in the renegotiation. IDFA has also pushed for the negotiators to use NAFTA to address problems with Canada’s use of new milk pricing policies that undercut skim milk powder prices on the international market, to eliminate steep tariffs and to seek greater dairy market access to the country. IDFA will take full advantage of any opportunities to engage with negotiators and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to ensure that the priorities of the U.S. dairy industry are addressed as the talks progress.
  • August 16, 2017

    IDFA, NMPF Call for Greater Transparency on Illnesses From Drinking Raw Milk

    IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) learned through a recent report by Food Safety News that a foodborne illness outbreak attributed to raw milk occurred in Virginia in 2016, but state officials did not take appropriate steps to alert the public and warn about the dangers of drinking raw milk. Expressing their disappointment, IDFA and NMPF sent a letter last week to officials in Virginia’s departments of agriculture and health, calling for speed and transparency in communicating news of future outbreaks to the public to protect consumers from the health risk of drinking raw milk.
  • August 16, 2017

    IDFA Joins Food, Ag Groups Asking White House to Make Disclosure Standard a Priority

    The deadline to finalize regulations for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard is only a year away, and it’s critical for the administration, under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to get it done on time, IDFA and 18 other food and agriculture groups told the White House in a letter last week. In a letter addressed to Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the groups expressed concern about how the administration has prioritized efforts to complete the rulemaking and urged OMB to consider the economic costs that compliance with the Vermont labeling law would have imposed on the food and agriculture industry.
  • August 16, 2017

    Double-Check Your Food Safety Plan with New FDA Tool

    The Food and Drug Administration last week announced the availability of a new, voluntary tool designed to help food companies create a food safety plan for their facilities. IDFA members participated in the development of the software, called the Food Safety Plan Builder, which guides users through every step of creating a food safety plan, as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act. “IDFA encourages food safety professionals looking to identify gaps and areas for enhancement in their current plans to use the tool and to improve food safety upstream and downstream by sharing it with suppliers and customers, as appropriate,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards.
  • August 16, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes New Gold Business Partner: Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., a provider of investment banking and financial advisory services, has joined IDFA this month as a Gold Business Partner. The company, located in New York, New York, provides services involving debt and equity, capital markets, fixed income and equity research, and wealth and asset management.
  • Stephen Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association
    August 10, 2017

    IDFA Joins Food, Ag Groups in Urging Senate to Confirm Censky

    IDFA recently joined more than 100 food and agriculture trade associations and companies to endorse Stephen Censky’s nomination as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In letters to Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the groups said Censky is qualified for the position and called for his speedy confirmation.
  • August 10, 2017

    USTR: Tell Us Your Trade Burdens

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week requested written comments from U.S. companies and other stakeholders to identify significant barriers to trade that they face around the world. USTR will include the information in next year’s “National Trade Estimate Report,” which U.S. trade negotiators use as a resource when working to reduce and eliminate barriers that stifle U.S. exports. IDFA plans to submit comments by USTR’s October deadline and asks members to send IDFA information on trade barriers that affect their companies by September 25.
  • August 10, 2017

    Canada Allocates Increased Access for EU Cheese Under CETA

    The Canadian government last week announced allocations of tariff-rate quotas for cheese imports from the European Union under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The agreement, which goes into effect September 21, further restricts the limited access that U.S. cheese exporters have to the Canadian market. IDFA has been critical of CETA since the details of the agreement were released more than two years ago. The association has repeatedly asked the U.S. government to seek greater market access for American dairy companies.
  • August 10, 2017

    John Allan: Industry Efforts Against Listeria Enhance Strong Food Safety Record

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, explains in his Dairy Foods “Rules & Regs” column this month that the dairy industry has made great progress in devising strategies to prevent product contamination from Listeria monocytogenes. Noting that U.S. dairy products are among the safest in the world, Allan said having a solid understanding of the risks in plants and continuously learning from experiences is the best way to ensure success and improve the industry’s strong food safety record.
  • Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    August 10, 2017

    USDA Announces Acting Food Safety Division Leaders

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced two acting leaders for its food safety division who will serve until presidential nominees for the positions are confirmed by the Senate. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue named Carmen Rottenberg as acting deputy undersecretary for food safety and Paul Kiecker as acting administrator for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Although FSIS does not regulate dairy food production directly, it has jurisdiction over the safety of meat and poultry products, which include foods such as frozen, meat-topped pizzas with cheese and other foods containing dairy products.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, visits The Washington Post.
    August 02, 2017

    Dykes Talks IDFA Priorities with Media

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, embarked on a media tour last week, meeting with reporters at top Washington, D.C., and food industry media outlets who cover issues that are important to IDFA members and the dairy industry. During these deskside briefings, Dykes outlined IDFA’s views and priorities with key reporters at The Washington Post, as well as POLITICO, CQ Roll Call and Inside U.S. Trade, which are policy-focused publications. He also met with a reporter for Food DIVE, a new digital outlet. The media tour, which will continue with other publications in the weeks ahead, aims to position Dykes and IDFA as sources of up-to-date, insightful information on the dairy industry. “If last week’s meetings are any indication, we are making great progress toward raising IDFA’s visibility,” said Peggy Armstrong, IDFA vice president of communications.
  • August 02, 2017

    IDFA Calls for Increased Flexibility and Clarity on FDA’s Guidance on Listeria

    In comments filed yesterday with the Food and Drug Administration, IDFA supported the agency’s efforts to develop guidance on the control of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm.) in ready-to-eat foods and welcomed its focus on encouraging food companies to conduct regular testing. Noting several points that need increased flexibility and clarification, IDFA encouraged FDA to continue working with industry to ensure that the final guidance would reflect the collective experience of all stakeholders. “We are strongly committed to collaborating with FDA to ensure that our members have the best available information regarding listeria control, so we can ensure food safety for our consumers,” IDFA said.
  • August 02, 2017

    IDFA Quantifies Economic Impact of Dairy – and It’s a Powerful Picture

    The dairy foods industry today directly employs more than 977,700 workers, pays $39.46 billion in wages and contributes more than $206.89 billion to the national economy, according to a powerful new economic impact tool commissioned by IDFA. To support its policy positions with members of Congress, the White House and federal regulators, IDFA is using the interactive economic impact tool to show the economic stimulus provided nationally and locally by dairy foods companies and their suppliers.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    August 02, 2017

    Dykes Highlights Dairy Trade Priorities at USTR Roundtable

    IDFA joined 14 other leaders of food and agriculture organizations this week at a roundtable discussion hosted by Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative. The leaders met to discuss the administration’s trade policy for agriculture and highlight their trade priorities. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, provided brief remarks about the importance of preserving the U.S. dairy market with Mexico and said all available tools should be brought to bear to address the Canadian milk pricing issues beginning with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation and ending with a World Trade Organization case, if necessary, or even a combination of the two. He also stressed the need to start the NAFTA renegotiation with nothing less than the expanded market access granted under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and to build on that model. IDFA provided specific suggestions to USTR on how to expand on the TPP results.
  • August 02, 2017

    IDFA Clarifies Status of Regulations on Administration’s Unified Agenda

    The White House Office of Management and Budget has announced plans to withdraw and reconsider regulations it called “ineffective, duplicative and obsolete” in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions it released last month. The administration updates the Unified Agenda twice every year and includes regulatory agendas from all federal regulatory agencies that currently have regulations under development or review. The current agenda is of interest to IDFA members because it includes status updates for key regulations affecting dairy companies.
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