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  • July 26, 2017

    USDA to Allow More Sugar Imports

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week announced it will allow an additional 269,724 short tons raw value (STRV) of sugar imports into the United States through October 31. The change is one of several adjustments USDA is making to the U.S. sugar program to ensure an adequate supply of raw cane sugar, which is in high demand by U.S. food manufacturers. The United States is a net importer of sugar, and more than 200 IDFA members depend on an adequate supply of sugar to produce their products.
  • July 26, 2017

    IDFA Takes Ice Cream on a Monthlong Social Celebration

    Members of Congress, their staffs and employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture aren’t the only ones partying with IDFA this National Ice Cream Month. Through its @dairyidfa accounts on social media, IDFA has expanded the celebration online, uniting ice cream lovers around the world and encouraging them to share exciting visuals of their favorite dessert. To keep the party going, IDFA brought back two of its most popular features this month: a new slate of Sunday Sundae recipe videos and the return of the IDFA Instagram Ice Cream Photo Contest. So far, hundreds of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube users have engaged with IDFA’s content, helping to amplify the enjoyment of America’s favorite treat.
  • July 26, 2017

    Look Who’s Joined IDFA

    IDFA welcomes four new members this month. Michigan Milk Producers Association has joined the Milk Industry Foundation and National Cheese Institute. MMPA markets milk by selling to bottlers and food processors, and ships milk to be processed into shelf stable products. Joining as Business Partners are Complete Filtration Resources, Inc., a supplier of membrane filtration equipment to dairy plants; MANE, Inc., a provider of flavor solutions for yogurt, ice cream, milk and dairy dips; and Exandal USA Corporation, the producer and distributer of Tara Gum, an ingredient with a wide range of applications in the food industry.
  • L-R: Michael J. Miller, Associate Professor of Food Microbiology at the University of Illinois; Jacob Oberg, the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor of Microbiology at Weber State University
    July 19, 2017

    IDFA Names Recipients of the 2017 Dairy Research and Teaching Awards

    IDFA recently named the 2017 recipients of two association awards that recognize excellence in dairy processing research and teaching in dairy manufacturing. Craig Jacob Oberg, the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor of Microbiology at Weber State University, received the 2017 IDFA Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing. Michael J. Miller, an associate professor of food microbiology at the University of Illinois, received the 2017 IDFA Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing. The awards were presented last month at the American Dairy Science Association’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • L-R: Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
    July 18, 2017

    USDA Ice Cream Party Gains Smiles Amid Rainbows on National Mall

    IDFA hosted its first ice cream party with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday to continue the celebration of National Ice Cream Day, which officially was July 16. IDFA member companies generously provided a broad array of delicious ice cream flavors that were scooped by USDA employees at several stations in the department’s Farmers Market, located on the National Mall. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, welcomed the gathered crowd and then introduced Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who stood by his side finishing a bowl of ice cream. Even the intermittent rain, which turned into a downpour at times, didn’t dim the spirits or appetites of the hundreds who attended.
  • July 18, 2017

    IDFA to Host Webinar on Compliance with FSMA Rules

    As companies are coming into compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s Preventive Controls for Human Food rule and Foreign Supplier Verification rule, many industry stakeholders want to know what FDA is expecting and how to get up to speed. To help dairy companies and suppliers with compliance, IDFA will host the webinar “FDA’s New Supply Chain Food Safety Requirements: Is Your Company in Compliance?” on July 26, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time. John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, will present the webinar, along with Rachael Dettmann Spiegel and Jason W. Sapsin, food safety attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Registration is open online.
  • (L to R) John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, and Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and general counsel, attended the CAC meeting in Geneva.
    July 18, 2017

    U.S. Dairy Achieves Big Wins at Codex; Work on Processed Cheese Standard Discontinued

    Since the late 1990s, IDFA has been working to convince the Codex Alimentarius Commission to discontinue work on a standard for processed cheese due to the obvious lack of amenability for these products, as marketed globally, to be standardized. This week, IDFA finally achieved this goal with the strong support of members, the International Dairy Federation and the United States government during the annual CAC meeting being held this week in Geneva, Switzerland. “This is a signal victory for our National Cheese Institute members,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and general counsel, who attended the meeting as a member of the official U.S. delegation.
  • July 12, 2017

    Hill of Beans

    In his “Hill of Beans” column this week, Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, highlights the many activities on Capitol Hill that are causing the summer months to be anything but quiet. He noted that the Senate will delay its August recess and the House Agriculture Appropriations bill, which passed in the Appropriations Committee this week, includes many items of interest for dairy, including comments on low-fat flavored milk in schools, the Nutrition Facts label, a definition for “natural” cheese and standards of identity. “Though the finish line for the August break is moving for the Senate, the day-to-day work on regulation reform and funding the federal government continues at a sprint,” Eberhard said, concluding, “At least we all know what the best recovery drink is: a cold glass of chocolate milk.”
  • July 12, 2017

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

    Nearly 90 food and agriculture trade associations and companies working through the broad-based U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade last month urged the Senate to vote quickly to confirm Gregg Doud as chief agricultural negotiator with the rank of ambassador in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In a letter to senators, the group said action on Doud’s confirmation is imperative to ensure that U.S. trade policy works in the interest of the food and agriculture industry, especially as the administration and Congress look to begin work in August to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • July 12, 2017

    Congress Wants Priority Position for Ag Issues in NAFTA Negotiations

    In a recent letter to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 47 congressmen urged Ambassador Robert Lighthizer to make U.S. agricultural issues a priority in USTR’s plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The legislators said it’s imperative for the United States to preserve the trade gains that NAFTA has provided and to address Canada’s harmful trade policies, especially for U.S. dairy and poultry. IDFA has consistently urged U.S. officials and legislators to maintain the industry’s strong trade relationship with Mexico and to address Canada’s protectionist dairy policies during renegotiation efforts.
  • July 12, 2017

    New Pilot Program Tests Farm Milk for Tetracycline Drugs

    Starting July 1, state government regulators began a new pilot program for testing bulk milk tankers for the tetracycline family of drugs. The pilot was approved in May by the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments and the Food and Drug Administration to assess ways to expand the variety of drugs, other than beta-lactams, that should be tested for in raw milk. The program aims to ensure that tetracycline residues are not entering the food supply and to identify any hurdles to implementation before NCIMS considers permanent changes to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.
  • July 12, 2017

    EU Moves on Bilateral Trade Pacts with Canada, Japan

    The European Union this month moved forward on major bilateral trade agreements in two key markets for U.S. dairy products, Canada and Japan. The pacts include market access concessions on cheese and other dairy products and protections on geographical indications (GIs) designed to secure the EU’s sole use of many common cheese names, placing U.S. dairy companies that market cheese products to these countries at a significant disadvantage. IDFA has consistently called on U.S. officials and legislators to preserve the use of common names by the U.S. dairy industry, as well as other sectors relying on typical food terms, for both domestic and international use.
  • July 12, 2017

    Coalition Representative Speaks at GI Symposium in China

    Coalition Speaks at Major GI Symposium in China The Consortium for Common Food Names, of which IDFA is a founding member, was represented last month at the Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications in Yangzhou, China. The biennial meeting brings together international experts to exchange ideas on the global use and impact of geographical indications (GIs). Ambassador Allen Johnson, president of Allen F. Johnson & Associates and former chief agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, spoke on behalf of CCFN. He explained that current GI policies often lack safeguards for common food and beverage names, creating an increasingly disruptive situation in global trade that unfairly favors some producers over others.
  • July 12, 2017

    Sunday Is National Ice Cream Day

    This Sunday, July 16, the nation will celebrate the 33rd National Ice Cream Day. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan dedicated the third Sunday of July to America’s favorite summertime treat. This year, IDFA will join the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 17 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern time just outside USDA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Members of the International Ice Cream Association are donating the ice cream, which will be served at this public event to showcase and celebrate America’s favorite confection. IDFA encourages members to follow @dairyidfa on social media for live updates, and to share their own celebrations of the day with socialmedia@idfa.org.
  • The briefings include updates on IDFA's meetings with congressional leaders and key administration officials.
    July 12, 2017

    IDFA Offers New Member Briefings Online

    IDFA members are invited to participate in membership briefings three times a year to hear a deeper dive on issues of importance to the dairy industry. Members who missed the most recent call on June 22 may log in to access recorded updates provided by IDFA’s subject matter experts. The next membership briefings will take place Nov. 8.
 
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